Girl reported to police ‘for taking a Snapchat picture of her teacher during a lesson’

The Mail is reporting that a schoolgirl in Scotland was reported to police, apparently for taking a Snapchat picture of her teacher during a lesson.

Lauren Sloan, 13, took a photo which showed her making a ‘peace’ sign in front of teacher, which she captioned: ‘Much hate’ [or ‘Mutch hate’ according to the photo in the Mail].

But Lauren – who insists the message reflected her dislike of the subject and not the teacher – was later hauled in front of a police officer about her behaviour.

Lauren’s mother, Lynsey, 37, also received a telephone call from Lasswade High, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, to say they had reported the matter to police.

Ms Sloan claims the reaction of the school was ‘extreme’ and is complaining to Midlothian Council.

But teaching unions said many students still do not realise the problems mobile phone can cause in the classroom.

Lauren, a second year pupil, said: ‘It was just a selfie on Snapchat. The teacher was crouched down talking to a pupil. It was just the back. I wrote “Much hate” because I struggle in that class…

Her mother said: ‘I thought it was a bit extreme to be honest. They said Lauren had posted a picture on social media and had taken it down again but she wasn’t allowed to do that so they phoned the police.  ‘ 

A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed the student had been spoken after being asked by the school…

More (including the photo being discussed) at: Girl, 13, reported to police by her school for taking a Snapchat picture of her teacher during a lesson


You might suggest the bigger issue here is the girl’s spelling but how do you unpack the various components of what seems to have happened here?

Was the girl out of order and did it warrant a talking to from the police?

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Possibly a little extreme but the fact is that there was no permission and this sort of thing needs dealing with

  2. obsteve

    School wasting police time. 

    While it may be against school policy to have phones in class, it is not against the law to take photographs.

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