It's somewhat unfortunate that it is comment-worthy when a high school does not
overreact and does not
blame camera phones and YouTube for a school fight getting publicized on YouTube. Usually we see stories where school administrators, law enforcement or politicians assume that, because the video is on YouTube, it will encourage more infractions, and then they take out their anger on YouTube. They never seem willing to admit that by putting these videos on YouTube, it actually makes it easier to catch and punish those responsible. That's why it's so amazing to see this story, sent in by reader William Jackson, about a school that notes it's using the video of a fight to track down and punish those responsible
and the principal, Dan Durbin, doesn't blame YouTube for this at all:
"This should remind our students that they're not going to get away with anything. If you try something like this, you're going to be seen on a security camera or on someone's cell phone.... The evidence of this makes our jobs easier because I don't have to go get it from a student. Sometimes things happen that we don't know about until well after the fact."
Even more impressive? He even seems to think that perhaps the school should rethink it's no-mobile-phones policy in light of this:
"We may need to embrace this technology in some capacity. Our students aren't going to keep their cell phones hidden away at all time. So I've asked our staff to think about what is the appropriate time to be using some of this technology. When we have something that happens at our school and a student captures it on their cell phone, we can't blame the technology. We have to look at what's going and what caused that to happen."
The local Police Chief, Matt Clancy, seems to feel the same way as well:
"It's a great tool for us. You've got it on video, and you can identify the person and see what they're doing. There's lots of video of amateur fights and street fights on YouTube. But will seeing that encourage someone to be violent any more than a television show or a movie? I don't know."
Yes, this all looks like common sense... but it's so uncommon
these days that it's actually worth pointing out.