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Students' Private Records Dumped on Street: Report

The Manhattan high school moved locations this summer



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    Hundreds of students' confidential records -- including psychiatric exams and Social Security numbers -- were dumped on the sidewalk in front of their former Manhattan high school, a published report said today.

    About 15 brown cardboard boxes and clear plastic bins crammed with the students' records were piled high on the sidewalk in front of the School for the Physical City on East 25th Street, the New York Post said.

    The records included psychological exams, copies of birth certificates and Social Security cards, and medical records, including many for children with learning disabilities. The records date back to at least 1990, the Post said. 

    A nearby Dumpster was also overflowing with records.

    We got an anonymous call about 6:30 [p.m.], so we flew here with a shopping cart," worried mom Connie Click told the Post.  Her daughter, Skylar, graduated from the architecture-oriented high school a year ago.

    "I have no idea who did this. People are always looking through the garbage, especially down here."

    The school -- which has about 100 students in ninth to 12th grades -- moved from its old East 25th Street location to West 14th Street over the summer, city Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg told the Post.