An elementary school in Indiana is refusing to allow the media into the school to film footage of the Flatiron District School District Board meeting.
A student film crew has filmed the event, and was allowed to film at the school, a local CBS affiliate reported.
On Wednesday, the school district’s district attorney sent a letter to the film crew informing them that the district does not allow the filming of the meeting, and that they may not film in the future.
In the letter, the district attorney cited an incident from June in which a teacher told a student that she should not be allowed to speak at a district meeting unless she agrees to be filmed.
The letter stated that district officials “do not believe that the video footage in this case could constitute harassment” and that “the District does not permit the filming or photographing of its employees.”
CBS affiliate KCRG reports that the incident was brought to the attention of district officials by students who were filming the event at the Flatfield Elementary School in Indiana.
The school district sent the letter after it received an email from the film company asking the district to cancel the filming because it violated its policies.
It also included a copy of a copy sent to students from the district’s executive director, who said that “schools must not interfere with filming or photographs of any kind.
It is a violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution to prevent or limit this.”
The Flatiron district is in Indiana, the largest school district in the state.
The district’s policy states that the public can film any event at Flatiron schools, and students can also film any school event in the district, including board meetings.
In a letter, district officials said that the Flatfields policy “provides the school with the discretion to decide when and how it allows its employees to conduct public activities on campus, including on the school premises.”
A district spokesperson told The Huffington Post that they were working with the district on a “work plan to address the issues that led to this letter” and are “evaluating how we can ensure that these rules remain in place and that all students and staff have the freedom to conduct their school activities on their own time.”