I just read an article about the Federal Government wanting access to all students' "permanent records". And I remembered the time I went back to my old high school to review mine. The first thing I noticed was that every year when they asked about vocational aims, and I had duly put "cosmologist" they had corrected my obvious miss-spelling to "cosmotologist". Then I noticed that my principal had sent a note to the FBI informing them that I was a "potenital presidential assassin" a communist and an atheist! Now, my principal was a true paranoid schizophrenic, I just don't know if he was naturally that way or whether we had driven him to become so, but in either case; he was arrested the night after our graduation drunk outta his gourd, in his pajamas, in the middle of the street, shooting out street lights with a 12 gage shotgun (and that was the last any of us ever heard of him.)
Now, I wasn't the only student that he had done such things to, because many of my friends had similiar experiences. Nor do I doubt that my high school was't/isn't the only one being run by a lunetic. I do worry though about the potenital for unfortunate consequences if such information is made available to those in positions of power who do not comprehend the possible bias that might be attributable to unreliable resources.

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Comment by kris feenstra on January 23, 2012 at 10:50pm

they had corrected my obvious miss-spelling to "cosmotologist"

The study of Cosmo magazine? Cosmo Spacely from the Jetsons?  Cosmopolitan Magazine? Is that literally what they wrote, or is it your typo?  It would be an ironic correction.

I'm mostly surprised that your school would even have such a record on file still.  I grew up under a different system (Ontario Provincial regulations) where every thing is destroyed after five years of exiting secondary school with the exception of grade transcripts (destroyed after fifty-five years).  

Hopefully the FBI doesn't decide to drive you mad like they did Hemingway, given the suspicious character you are reputed to be.

Comment by Doug Reardon on January 23, 2012 at 11:59pm

Cosmology - the study of the origin of the universe,  cosmetology (sorry about the misspelling) - the study of enhancing appearance.  I graduated in 1970 and looked at my record in about 1972.  I had an aunt who worked for the FBI and she told me they had a file on me years ago, never worried about it though

Comment by Albert Bakker on January 24, 2012 at 12:29am

That is really weird. But I'm sure police and intelligence agencies get all kinds of weird reports and have experience with different kinds of motives for delivering false intel. (It's just that sometimes it serves a real political purpose to accept it anyway.)

In this case I'm sure that man has already build up a reputation for being quite mad with the FBI before his shooting spree.

Comment by UnTarded on January 24, 2012 at 1:10pm

"This is going on your permanent record." I heard that a lot, but then again, I was pretty much an asshole throughout my high school years.

The only thing that might worry me is the poem I wrote about blowing up the school. Thank goodness it was the 1970s and not post Columbine.:-)

Comment by Barry Eckert on January 24, 2012 at 3:57pm

This reminds me of being in military school as a high school junior. In my ROTC class, I was supposed to sign this thing that said that, in the event of a draft, I would not claim conscientious objector status. This was 1978, and there had been a draft up until fairly recently, and I was the only one in my class who wouldn't sign it. Of course, it couldn't have been enforced anyway, given that I was only 16, but I wasn't about to put my signature on the thing.I've wondered many times whether that act was noted somewhere in some government file.

Given the things I post on the internet, it is probably the least of my worries. Several online utterances have likely made their way into NSA databases thanks to their observation by automated means. From what I've heard publicly, they collect so much data that they can't adequately analyze it anyway, so a dossier or something is a very remote possibility.

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