Mike Owsley co-authors article for national school board magazine

by Mandy Hicks

ELPO attorney Mike Owsley and Owensboro Public Schools attorney Robyn Rone co-authored an article recently. It was published in the May 2014 edition of Inquiry & Analysis, a monthly publication of the National School Board Association‘s Council of School Attorneys.

The article highlights a case recently ruled on by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In this case, the Owensboro, Kentucky, public school system was sued by a student and his parents because school officials searched his cell phone and read text messages on two different occasions. The court drew a distinction between the first search and the second search, saying the first search was proper but the second was not. The distinction the court drew is that the student expressed suicidal thoughts before the first search. On the second search, the student did not, but the phone was searched because of his previous history.

You can read the article in a PDF below.

Inquiry & Analysis, May 2014