Some attendees at Tuesday's Metro School Board meeting were surprised to learn how easy identify theft can be—especially when the Board seems so eager to help.
Near the end of the board's agenda was the discussion of whether to hear an appeal by a Nashville School of the Arts student who was suspended for one calendar year for smoking marijuana during a field trip to Atlanta. The documents made available to the board included letters of appeal from the boy's parents; written statements from other students on the field trip; and his report cards.
The full packet, however, also was handed to members of the general public, along with the printed agenda for the evening, as they walked into the board's meeting room. The documents in the packet revealed not only the student's name, address and grades in all his classes but also his Social Security number.
If the representative from Metro Legal Department, who briefed the board on their options in the case, noticed this lawsuit waiting to happen, it wasn't apparent from anything she said in public. None of the board members remarked on it, either. When an attendee brought his attention to it after the meeting, one board member said that revealing this personal information had been a mistake.
The board voted not to hear an appeal from the student, who must sit out until next March under the district's zero-tolerance policy.
One attendee suggested that perhaps instead of the suspension, the bong hits should keep on coming. As we learned from his report cards, the kid was making A's.