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ACLU critical of Huntsville City Schools' social media monitoring

Superintendent Casey Wardynski
Posted at 6:20 PM, Sep 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-28 18:20:00-04

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - The American Civil Liberties Union may seek legal action which would prevent the Huntsville City School System from using social media posts as evidence in disciplining students.

The ACLU is asking for public records to get more details on the system's "SAFE" program, which was established in January after officials say a threat was made on twitter by a student. After a search, the school system expelled the individual because a knife was found in his vehicle.

While Superintendent Casey Wardynski says it's important to keep tabs on students' social media, ACLU legal director Randall Marshall says the system has overstepped their boundaries.

"To have the school district looking to investigate students' lives on tips that they have no way of validating I think is really a far reach and really concerning," says Marshall, who does say there are cases where social media posts can be used if there is a law enforcement concern.