Martin H.S. students post detention video on YouTube
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
High school students are taking to the World Wide Web to post videos of themselves doing extra curricular activities in class. Two months ago several Martin High School students thought posting a video of them in detention would be funny. But school district officials are not laughing. This is video posted on You Tube by Martin High School students. In the video they specifically mentioned that they are in detention. As we continue to watch this video there is clearly no teacher present and these students are alone in the classroom. At one point they get on top of the desks to dance or even strike a pose. Something they may seem is funny but the superintendent says it's not funny at all.
Dr. Marcus Nelson - LISD Superintendent "We are embarrassed by what we saw in the video and we don't tolerate that type of behavior and environment in the classrooms."
It’s clear the students are using a cell phone to record this video. Also in the video you can see that another student is using his phone to take pictures of what's happening. So is there a policy on having cell phones at school or in the classroom?
" We want to embrace technology but we also know the Internet is a very dangerous tool that can bring embarrassment to the district and eventually hurts students in a way."
Also in this video, the students are seen looking at a video website from a classroom computer, something LISD superintendent says that is violating policy of Internet use.
" We have filtering software that is designed to keep kids away from accessing certain sites that we think are inappropriate during school usage."
LISD officials say cell phones are becoming a problem at school and hope students and teachers are watching this video and take it as an example.
" When we are in school is really time to take care of teaching and learning. That is what needs to be happening in our classrooms."
According to Dr. Nelson, they are conducting a full investigation on this matter. He says they will make sure to take disciplinary action on the students and staff pending the outcome of the investigation.