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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Incident: Mass school accidentally posts student psychological reports online 

From yesterday's Salem News:

Salem News Online

SALEM — School officials said yesterday they will try to contact the parents of children whose private records were mistakenly posted on the Internet.

Administrators met yesterday morning to plan a response to the disclosure last week that dozens of confidential student psychological reports were available online for months. The documents were removed from the Internet last week.

"We're going to make every effort to put together the chronology and the listing of students in order to contact parents," Superintendent Lawrence Callahan said. "I feel very strongly about that."

He said he had not yet decided whether to take disciplinary action against anyone involved in the posting.

Parents were not notified when the files were first discovered in October, nor were they immediately told when the files were rediscovered by a Salem News reporter two weeks ago. When the discovery became public on Friday, several parents called Callahan to find out whether their children's records were among those that had been on the Internet.

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