|Michael with Somebody he knows.|
|Mackenzie with unknown classmates.|
I conduct "on-camera" interviews with both kids and a few of their closest friends about how the day is going. Then it happens. Like a hawk stalking its prey, I am ambushed and given "the speech".
"Excuse me, sir. We would like to ask that any video you take be only of your own children. So please zoom in so that none of the other students appear in the frame and do NOT publish any of the videos on Facebook, Youtube, or any public sites!"
What kind of horrible, litigious-minded, lawsuit-happy people have we become? Have we really come to a point where I need to walk around getting parents to sign a release just so I can film my children having fun, playing sports, or accomplishing their goals? This is a PUBLIC SCHOOL and we are in a PUBLIC situation are we not? Is there an expectation of privacy? Is this against school policy or the law? My guess is neither. I am placing all bets on this being a PC move intended to protect the school and administration from any potential backlash.
Either way I put the obvious, shiny-silver video camera down and elected to mostly take IPhone pics. I did get a few short videos of the kids on the phone but my mojo and excitement for capturing the moment had been smashed. Perhaps the most frustrating thing about it was not knowing who to blame. I certainly don't blame the messenger. So how did we get to this point? What would you have done? Am I alone in this frustration?
And don't get me started on how EVERYONE was a winner and no blue ribbons were handed out!