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FC: Ohio police department nominated for Big Brother award
From: Declan McCullagh <declan () well com>
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2001 20:35:06 -0500


From: Matthew Gaylor <freematt () coil com>
Subject: You're nominated for an award (Privacy)
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 14:24:06 -0500

Dear Chief Miller <jmiller () hoa net>,

I wanted you to be among the first to hear that I've nominated your 
Department, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Police http://www.hoa.net/reypd/ for 
Lewis Koch's "First Annual George Orwell 1984 Award".  The prize, a 
1949 first-edition copy of Orwell's 1984, worth about $100, will be 
awarded to the reader who supplies the best tip about an  egregious 
assault on personal privacy. The judges will be yours truly, plus 
Richard M. Smith and other officers of the Privacy Foundation. E-mail 
all suggestions to lzkoch () mediaone net  All tips will be held in 
strictest confidence, so the award might well go to "anonymous." All 
suggestions will be fully investigated and thoroughly checked.

You're being nominated for your approval of placing hidden police 
surveillance cameras in a Reyoldsburg High School student restroom.

In addition I especially found your encouragement to sign your 
Departmental web site guestbook enlightening:
"If you don't sign our Guest Book, we're gonna send the CyberPatrol 
out after ya!"

I hope you win.

Regards,  Matthew Gaylor-

At 2:03 PM -0400 10/24/99, Matthew Gaylor wrote:

This article is  1999 The Columbus Dispatch


Date: Thursday, October 14, 1999
Section: NEWS
Page: 12C
Byline: Julie R. Bailey
Source: Dispatch Schools Reporter

Police put a video camera in a boys bathroom at Reynoldsburg High School
last week, hoping to catch the person who wrote a message on a wall that
could have been interpreted as a bomb threat. However, the camera was
removed within hours after school custodians discovered it, Reynoldsburg
Police Chief Jeanne Miller said yesterday. "It was no longer a secret,''
Miller said, explaining why the camera was taken down. She said it was not
in the stalls and was positioned to videotape only the head and shoulders
of people in the bathroom. Some parents and students questioned using the
camera. "I don't agree with the method because I believe it was an invasion
of privacy,'' said Linda Rico, whose daughter attends the high school. "My
daughter was extremely upset about it, and I took her side. I'm glad to
hear the camera is gone.'' Within the past week to 10 days, messages were
written on walls in two Þrst-þoor boys bathrooms at the school, 6699 E.
Livingston Ave., Miller said. A camera was placed in only one of the
bathrooms, she said. Reynoldsburg schools Superintendent Richard Ross said
the messages were cryptic and did not include the words "bomb threat,'' but
"it could be interpreted that it could be what it meant.'' Ross said the
school now has more adult supervision in student bathrooms. Miller thinks
the messages were copycats of two bomb threats written on bathroom walls at
Westerville South High School last month. After the threats appeared, the
principal banned book bags and backpacks and made students empty their
lockers so they could be searched.


 >Computer Project Seeks to Avert Youth Violence
 >Columbine Spurs Pilot Program at Schools
 >The New York Times
 >REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio -- Spurred by the deadly rampage at Columbine 
High School,
 >the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is working with a
 >threat-evaluation company to develop a computer program to help school
 >administrators spot troubled students who might be near the brink 
of violence.
 >When the national pilot program, known as Mosaic-2000, begins 
testing at more
 >than 20 schools in December, its technique of confidentially vetting and
 >potentially violent students on a scale of 1 to 10 will come not a 
moment too
 >soon for Steve Dackin, principal of Reynoldsburg High School.
 >"Columbine forever changed things for all of us," Dackin said of 
the school in
 >Littleton, Colo., where two students shot 13 people to death before killing
 >themselves in April.

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