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Friday, December 22, 2006

Newton South may scan Internet for student misconduct

NEWTON

Newton South High School is considering implementing a new tactic to catch rule-breakers: the school is checking their Myspace profiles.

The policy, which has popped up in at least 20 high schools across the state, has been created to help enforce the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association code of conduct. The code prohibits drug and alcohol use among athletes during the season.

Many students thought that what they posted online was private, but some supported the new rules:

"I don't think athletes should be doing that sort of thing to their bodies," Courtney Chaloff, 16, told the Globe. Chaloff frequents Facebook, another social website. "I would never do it, and if I did, I would never post pictures of myself online."

--Adam Sell

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