In message <[log in to unmask]>, at 12:32:16 on
Wed, 22 Sep 2004, Clementine Amawo <[log in to unmask]>
>Advice needed fast please.
>13yr old male child (lets call him 'John Smith') gets on bus. Other male
>children for whatever reason attack the female bus driver. John Smith hears
>the fracas and as he knows the boys attacking the bus driver entrers the
>fray to try and push his 'friends' off the driver. Meanwhile all this is
>being caught on CCTV.
>Investigation is started and 'John Smith' is suspended from school for 2
>days. Investigations reveal that 'John Smith' is not guilty and returns to
What went wrong during the early stages of gathering the names of the
parties involved, such that John Smith was a "bad guy", not a "good
guy"? Did the police, or whoever were called to the incident, simply
take the names of all the schoolchildren in the vicinity (even those sat
in seats at the back of the bus)?
>A few days later, the CCTV imamges of the incident is shown to the whole
Was this a public service bus, or a private one owned by the school? How
did the school get the tape? If a PSV, did the bus operator make the
first DPA mistake by handing the tape to the school (even if handing it
to the police would be OK).
(This reminds me of the wording of various exemptions, eg "preventing,
detecting and investigating" a crime - the latter not perhaps being in
the school's remit. Anyway, it seems that "detecting a crime" is simply
finding out that a crime has happened. eg If a bomb, hearing the bang or
seeing the damage. Everything from then on is "investigating".)
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