Nothing scares me more as a parent than worrying about my son's safety when he's out in the world. The sad and scary truth is dangerous situations can pop up anywhere, even at school. That's why it's important that school districts respond quickly to credible threats. But, what about the fake threats? One school district in Alabama has been spying on its students for the past 18 months because of a phone call it received from the NSA. The only problem is the NSA says the call never happened.
Huntsville schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski says the school got a phone call from the NSA saying one of its students made threats online to harm a teacher. The school then checked the student's car and found a large knife and promptly expelled him. That sounds like a disaster averted, but an NSA spokesperson says the call never happened.
Vanee Vines, public affairs specialist with the NSA, said: 'The National Security Agency has no record that it passed any information to the Huntsville school district, and the description of what supposedly occurred is inconsistent with NSA's practices."
Now the school district is in hot water because it used that first incident to justify a large-scale spying program to keep track of students online.