Parent's video of school nativity play pulled offline

Posted Dec 18, 2014 by Tim Sandle
The parents of four year-old Emmi-Rai Homes were ordered to remove a video recording of their child in school Nativity play. This was because it broke the school rules relating to child protection.
Nativity scene in Santiago de Compostela  Spain
Nativity scene in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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The parents — Douglas Holmes and Lisa Evans — attended their four-year-old child's Christmas play at Ynysboeth Primary School, located in Abercynon,Wales. Typical to many performances at schools this time of year the play was based about the Biblical retelling of the birth of Jesus (a Nativity play or Christmas pageant.) As many parents are inclined to do, they made a recording of their daughter's part of the play.
As proud parents, they posted the excerpt of the play onto their Facebook page, engaging in the kind of private act that many people do, with the video recording made available to their friends and family.
Unfortunately, for the Holmes at least, it seems that someone informed the school that the video was available to view. The local council which runs the school proceeded to contact the couple and insist that the video be removed forthwith.
The basis of the council's argument was that as other children were in the video and the parents of these children had not given permission then these children were "at risk" in the even that people with criminal intentions of harming children were watching.
The council stated that other parents and carers of pupils at Ynysboeth Primary School had "specifically requested" that images of their children did not appear on social media.
The couple are evidently upset. Mr Holmes, aged 30, told The Daily Mail: "My partner doesn't usually post videos on Facebook. But some parents couldn't go to the play because of work. A friend of ours couldn't make it and we managed to catch her daughter in our video so she posted the video...I was very angry when she came back from the school and told me they wanted her to take it down from her personal profile.
The case is an interesting one. If someone takes a video in an area under jurisdiction of local government, who can decide if a video can be posted? Does this only apply in relation to minors? The law in the U.K. is unclear.