On August 27, a 12-year-old boy in Colorado flashed a toy gun, emblazoned with the words “Zombie Hunter,” across the screen during his virtual art class.1 The school’s vice principal later called the boy’s mother to inform her that a police officer was on the way to her house.2 The boy was suspended from school for a week, and now has a record with the El Paso County Sherriff’s Office and a mark on his school paperwork saying that he brought a “facsimile of a firearm to school.”3 The boy’s mother, in an interview with The Washington Post, noted that the school had been recording the students in class without parental consent, although the school claimed the recording function was only used for the first week of classes.4 Further privacy concerns have arisen from such incidents as an 11-year-old at a different Colorado school was suspended for four days over handling an Airsoft gun during a Zoom session,5 as well as a multitude of incidents involving outsiders interrupting classes by doing such things as shouting the teacher’s home address or exposing themselves to the students in the class.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on September 29, 2020. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Shkedy, Jonathan, "Do Virtual Classrooms Encroach on Family Privacy Rights?" (2020). AELJ Blog. 244.