The Bournemouthian Makes Front Page News
Ever since the Bournemouthian discovered proposals to search mobile devices, debate has been commonplace in the corridors and classrooms of Bournemouth School. The controversy, since labelled ‘search gate’, reappeared this morning when an eagle-eyed viewer found a Daily Echo article on their newsfeed in relation to the school’s plans. Indeed, anyone who has bought a copy of today’s Daily Echo would have notice the words “SHOW US YOUR PHONES” plastered across the front page, with a thorough resumé on page three written by Jim Durkin.
Durkin’s article includes extracts from an interview conducted with Dr. Lewis, in which the head asserts “you will appreciate that we simply do not have the capacity to randomly search students’ phones – even if we wished to” but reaffirmed how searches could be ordered “where an investigation leads us to believe” that inappropriate content could be harboured on the device. The Echo also cited a Bournemouthian piece from March 25th, where the policy was described as “a significant threat to personal privacy” with the potential to “open the floodgates to further arbitrary intrusions.”
Reassuringly perhaps, the article ended with Dr. Lewis declaring “a student using their mobile phone appropriately has nothing to fear.”
The Bournemouthian in The Echo, or The Echo in The Bournemouthian?