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A Washington appeals court has ruled that a bus surveillance tape recorded by a public school cannot be released to the parents of one of the bus riders. In the case, the parents argued that the school was required to turn over the tape—showing their child being hit by another student—under the state’s public disclosure law. The law requires that the state turn over public records unless the release is specifically exempt from the law. The school argued that records relating to disciplinary issues are exempt from the law. The court agreed. (Lindeman v. Kelso School District No. 458, Washington Court of Appeals, No. 31825-3-II, 2005)

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