Yearbooks protected


NYPD reaches settlement with private school





NEW YORK — A private Catholic high school in Queens reached an agreement with the New York Police Department recently over the viewing of past issues of the school’s yearbook.

In September 1997, the police department issued a subpoena against Christ the King Regional High School, demanding unlimited access to several issues of the yearbook in hopes of finding a photograph of a suspect being investigated by officers.

The school, wanting to protect the identity of its students, challenged the subpoena and reached a stipulation with the police department in January.

Stephen Wiener, a lawyer for the school, said the agreement allows officers to view the yearbooks but prevents against copying or keeping the yearbooks as a permanent file within the department.

“We had a firm conviction that there was no connection with the school, and we protected the integrity and the privacy of the yearbooks,” Wiener said.

Sgt. Martin Gleeson, a managing attorney for the department, said he understands the school’s position on the issue and was pleased with the agreement reached.

“We realized we have to be sensitive to the privacy of others,” Gleeson said. “However, we weren’t looking to create libraries of yearbooks, we just wanted to identify an individual.”

Gleeson refused to comment as to whether viewing the yearbooks this spring aided in making any arrests, but said it was “helpful.”


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