A smart home aficianado was banned from an Austin home for having a smart home, despite being the mother of two.
The Austin Independent School District (AISD) said in a statement that Tia Nguyen was allowed to return to her home in the early morning hours on Sunday after she agreed to a temporary ban.
But she later reported a violation to the district, where she is now barred from returning to the property.
“I’m not even sure if I should be allowed back in the house,” Nguyen told ABC affiliate KVUE.
She said she wanted to help her daughter learn to use her smart home devices, including a Philips Hue light bulb, to communicate with her parents.
The school district also told her it would investigate.
The statement said Nguyen was banned for two years for having two smart home systems that she said “interfered with the safety of the home.”
She was also ordered to pay $1,800 in fines.
But AISD spokesperson Amy Anderson told ABC News that it was a temporary suspension.
“It is our policy that any student who has violated any school policy may be suspended for up to two years,” Anderson said in the statement.
“After a student’s suspension, we will determine the next step.”
Anderson said the district has taken action against other students who have violated similar policies.
The district’s statement said the ban was the result of Nguyen’s “unreasonable” behavior and her failure to comply with school regulations.
She is appealing the decision, KVue reported.
The Texas Legislature has considered several bills to ban smart home-style devices, such as smart thermostats and home security cameras, and has not voted on any.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.