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HS girls kiss in school, surveillance video causes parents to transfer student

An innocent buss caught on tape at Gig Harbor High School (WA) freaks out parents.

Keith Nelson, dean of students at Gig Harbor High School, said he saw the students kissing and holding hands in the school’s busy commons, checked a surveillance camera and showed the parents the tape because they had asked him a few weeks earlier to alert them to any conduct by their daughter that was out of the ordinary.

They then transferred their daughter to a school outside the Peninsula School District, which lies northwest of Tacoma.

…The kiss amounted to a quick “peck,” said the girl who remains at the school, a 17-year-old senior described as the daughter of a News Tribune employee.

“We weren’t doing anything inappropriate, nothing anyone else wouldn’t do,” she said.

Nelson said students could not have any expectation of privacy in a crowded place and maintained that he would have taken the same action had the students kissing been a boy and a girl.

Right. Sure. And as a result of the hubbub, anyone now caught kissing or in other public displays of affection will receive a first warning; the surveillance tapes will only be used in the cases of criminal activities (trespassing or vandalism) or violence (fights). 

There is a video report here.

Hat tip, Dawn.

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