FORT MYERS, Fla. - Students' grades, addresses and phone numbers... found sitting in a dumpster for anyone to see. That's what one man found next to Bishop Verot High School. He worried it could get into the wrong hands.
On the side of the school, there are dumpsters. They're on school property, but anyone can access them.
The man, who didn't want to be identified, went to drop off some cardboard Thursday at the dumpsters and recycling bins next to Bishop Verot High School.
"There's only ever been boxes and just basic recycling goods there in the past," he said. "They're very accessible by the public. There's lots of traffic that goes down there."
But, this time, noticed something strange.
"We looked in there," he said. "There were obviously names, addresses and phone numbers in there and that made us very concerned."
There were student progress reports, graded assignments and file folders filled with release forms. The papers contained students' personal information, even dates of birth.
"It's very concerning as a parent of a high school teen to know you are paying pretty good sums of money to send your kid to a private school and for them to be throwing away items that has your personal information into the trash," he said. "Everyone in there is a potential victim of identity theft."
We reached out to a few parents.
While they didn't want to speak on-camera, they were worried their personal information could be so easily accessible and wondered if this had ever happened before.
We contacted Bishop Verot and the Diocese of Venice. Diocese Spokesperson Billy Atwell told us that after the school year ends, staff clean out the classrooms and dispose of paperwork. Any papers with student information are supposed to go into a secure location where they are collected and then shredded. He said that obviously, this information was not placed in the proper area.
However, he said the school acted quickly, securing the location and getting rid of the papers.
Atwell said students' security is something the diocese takes seriously.
They're looking into how those papers got there in the first place.