Catholic School Prohibits its Students from Using MySpace.com at Home

  • Comments: 4
  • Written on: March 25th, 2007

St. Hugo of the Hills School in Bloomfield, MI, has enacted a policy that specifically prohibits any student enrolled in the private school from maintaining a MySpace.com web page.

The Schools website states that students may not send or display offensive messages or pictures on or off the St. Hugo network. In addition their website states:

“The �myspace.com� sites of many of the students violate these rules. Therefore, it is the RULE of St. Hugo School that NO ENROLLED STUDENT SHALL have a �myspace.com� web page or any similar type personal Internet site. Students were informed on March 20, 2007 that they must delete their �myspace.com� accounts if they wish to continue to attend school at St. Hugo. If a family chooses to allow their children to continue their �myspace.com� account, they will not be allowed to continue as students at St. Hugo.”


This story made it into the top 10 most popular articles on digg.com and has created quite a stir among those posting comments.

I am not an attorney, but I believe that since the school is a private institution, that it enjoys freedom of association and can set any restrictions on its students that is sees fit. Now that doesn’t mean I agree with the school’s position. In fact, if I was a student there I would take down my MySpace page and put up a FaceBook page just to show how short sighted this rule is.

If anyone out there has experience with matters like this, post a comment and let me know if I am off base on this one.

  1. Kimberly said on March 25th, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    When a great lesson to teach kids…your constitutional rights aren’t important or valid! If I was a parent of these students I’d pull my kid out of school, not because I’m a big fan of myspace (which i’m not) but because the school doesn’t have the sense to teach these kids that they have constitutional rights protect by law, including freedoms of speech and press.

  2. Bill Tones
    Bill Tones said on March 26th, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Yes, as a corporation, the private school does enjoy that right, in my opinion. I don’t think it’s a good policy at all myself.

    The students and their families still have freedom of association with myspace as well. However if they continue to associate with myspace, the school can cut off their relationship with the students.

    One recourse I can potentially see is that by paying tuition in exchange for attendance, the parents have a contract with the private school for a service, and that by cutting off the service, the school has violated that contract.

    The school will likely maintain that having the student follow school policies is inherently a part of the contract.

    The parents can likely argue that this only extends when they are at school.

    So, in my opinion, it would boil down to a contract dispute.

    I could not see this standing in a public school.

  3. Tom
    Tom said on April 24th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    PROOFREAD! Jesus! Look at the title of this article! Right… Now look again. See the problem? From Writing 101: Proofread your work before you submit/publish it! God, I hate people.

  4. Thor Schrock said on April 24th, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the catch, Tom. The offending “form” has been changed to “from.” BTW, have you ever talked to anyone about that temper?

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