Parents Claim School Staff Deleted Kids’ Cell Phone Video Of Fight
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HILLSBORO, Ore. (CBS Seattle) – Some parents claim middle school administrators deleted cell phone video from students’ smart phones of a confrontation between a student and staff member.
Friday morning several students recorded video of the altercation at R A Brown Middle School including student Khloey Summers. She didn’t think she was doing anything wrong while she recorded the incident on her phone.
“She grabbed my phone and said I’m going to have to hold onto this for a while,” Summers told KATU about a female school administrator.
Staff members at the school collected all the phones from the students who were in the gym and deleted any videos of the incident, Summers told the tv-station.
“When I opened the recent applications after I got my phone back all of my messaging and photos were open, which meant they were on it when they got my phone,” Summers explained to KATU.
Summer’s mother, Melissa Siegel, stepped in when school staff members were about to delete her video.
“Clearly I don’t feel like my daughter did anything wrong. I feel like her rights were violated by going through her phone and text messages. As a parent that’s my job,” Siegel told KATU.
The student in the video was arrested for disorderly conduct and harassment. He was also suspended from the school.
Celia Watt, the mother of the boy in the video, wants answers as to why the school deleted the videos from students’ cell phones. ”Deleting videos after accusing someone, that’s just suspicious behavior,” Watt told KATU. “For adults to do that, that’s suspicious.”
A spokesperson for the school district said they are reviewing what happened and will provide more information soon.
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