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Student Records Found

Nine dollars. That's what Erin Egbert of Riley Township, Butler County paid for the contents of a classroom in the old, now unused Talawanda High School in Oxford.  She bought the stuff on Saturday.

Erin particularly wanted the big, metal teachers desk from the former band classroom.  But when she opened the drawers, Erin says she found about sixty student field trip forms, with names, addresses, and personal medical forms. She also found a folder marked confidential and some papers for 504 plans, which are individual plans for special education students.

There were all these papers, Erin said. Kids personal confidential papers, anything someone needed to steal their identities.

The papers were from 2004 and 2005, and evidently sat in the desk for a long time. Erin called the school system, which wanted the papers back. Erin said no, she wanted to give them back to the students, now grownups, herself.

I didnt want to give them back to the school. Evidently they cant be responsible for them or I wouldnt have them in the first place.    Erin wants an apology from the school district, and a change in the policy handbook so papers like these are not left lying around in desks.

Talawanda has asked Erin for the records again. School Community Relations Director Holli Morrish tells Local 12 the district regrets the situation, but the papers are school records which should be returned.  The school, she says, is writing to everyone in the band from that two year period , telling them their records have been compromised.  And because Erin Egbert wont give the papers back, Morrish says the school system has contacted the prosecutors office.

Quite a flap over a nine dollar desk.




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