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Student Files Controversy

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Just how private should your child's school records be?

Students and parents in Cunningham are upset after a school district investigation found out a sheriff's deputy got a hold of student information without permission.

The school district says it's against it's policy but is it illegal,
and, how much information did he get?

Shelby Hermanson, a Cunningham Senior says she believes the Kingman County Sheriff's Deputy overstepped his bounds as a law officer, by getting private information on students at Cunningham High School

Hermanson has heard the rumors about a sheriff's deputy supposedly getting the private information from a school secretary.
Here are some of the facts
"The school says a list of names and dates of birth dates of high school students was generated on school computers but, any dissemination of that list was without permission of the administration or the USD 332 Board of Education.

At the Kingman County sheriff's department, they say they are aware a deputy got some information from the school. They say they are looking into it, and are doing a review.

The Deputy told KAKE News he is passionate about keeping the community safe.

One year ago, that Deputy wrote a passionate letter to the editor of the local paper saying, he could write a book on the drinking and criminal acts acts that are being conducted by the children of the area. The letter went on to say he wants the community to pull together to keep the kids safe.

So the question arises did the officer break any laws?
Not likely. The federal education rights and privacy act says student names and birth dates are public record.

The Deputy says he's going to have to get a lawyer, to sort out the details.

Officials at Cunningham High School says they will do what they can to continue to keep student records private.


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