with liberty and justice for all

How’s this for ironic: the New York City DOE chose the Acorn High School for Social Justice as one of the first sites to implement their random search and seizure policy – er, "mobile unannounced scanning program."  According to the press release, "The
unpredictable deployment of these scanning devices serves as a powerful
deterrent to people who might carry illegal weapons into City schools."  In addition to illegal weapons, they’re also confiscating other devices such as cellphones, which, as the NY Times reports, is pissing parents off.  Obviously there are civil liberties implications of the scanning program; schools have always been sites of surveillance, built right into the architecture itself (both physical and programmatic/pedagogical), but students’ privacy is being invaded in increasingly egregious ways.  I’d also throw into the bag the fact that the NYDOE appears to be completely clueless as to the social practices that have sprung up around technologies like the cell phone.  Then again, what else is new, right?


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