On November 25, an RCS High School student posted a video on social media which allegedly contained a consensual sexual encounter that was recorded on our high school campus. Students brought the incident to the attention of school administrators who immediately contacted the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. As a result of their investigation, the student who posted the video was formally charged and is pending an appearance in Albany County Family Court.
In addition to charges by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, the student will face disciplinary consequences for violating the school’s code of conduct. This is not the first time that students at RCS or other schools have utilized social media with extremely poor judgment, resulting in harm to other students or in breaking the law. Various groups of staff and students have tackled this issue both before and after this incident. We are faced with a cultural insensitivity to the ramifications of sharing personal information, violating privacy, or harassing or threatening other people on social media.
RCS has strong policies against incidents that infringe on the rights of students and staff within our school district. No student, faculty or staff member should be a victim to the divisiveness that this type of behavior elicits in today’s society. Acts of harassment and bullying will not be tolerated. Violations of privacy will not be tolerated. Threats of harm will not be tolerated. All individuals must understand that their actions have power and have consequences, both within the district and society, and the results can be significant.