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Placing local and global surveillance under the magnifying glass

Placing local and global surveillance under the magnifying glass

By Cole Alban, Justin Hawkins, and Madison Meyer

March 19, 2014

The Patriot at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md., examines the National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal, looks through the history of government surveillance, and magnifies the issue of spying and surveillance to the local level by evaluating JC’s surveillance policies.

Surveilling John Carroll School’s approach to private data

Surveilling John Carroll School’s approach to private data

March 17, 2014

In the past few years, JC has taken measures to monitor student action more closely, both regarding technology and around the school. The Acceptable Use Policy was instated with the arrival of laptops at JC, setting a guideline for student actions on their personal laptops. The policy appears on JC...

Surveilling U.S. government’s approach to private data

Surveilling U.S. government’s approach to private data

March 17, 2014

Starting with an article by Glenn Greenwald in The Guardian, it has come to the attention of the United States, and the world, of a scandal by the National Security Agency (NSA) on surveillance. This initial report revealed how much the NSA was monitoring phone calls of Americans and a court order th...

School’s new breathalyzing policy nets no violators

School’s new breathalyzing policy nets no violators

By Hannah Kloos, Edina HS, Edina, Minn.

March 4, 2014

In hopes to create a safe environment for all Edina High School students attending the 2014 Sweetheart’s dance, a number of new policies were instituted, including increased administration and police presence, and, most notably, random breathalyzer tests. Eighty students were breathalyzed at the dance...

Schools consider allowing trained faculty access to guns on campus

Schools consider allowing  trained faculty access to guns on campus

By Mason Miller, Groom HS, Groom, Texas

February 26, 2014

The debate rages throughout the state, across the nation, and even here at Groom School. Guns on campus -- are they a good idea or not? The state, with its approval of Senate Bill 1857 last year, has made firearms in the hands of specially trained administrators and teachers legal. Some school districts,...