School Girl Alleges Privacy Invasionposted by Christian on March 12th, 2012
A 12-year-old Minnewaska Area Middle School student is saying that her First Amendment rights were violated when her school reprimanded her twice for posts she made on her Facebook profile. She’s also suing the school for violating her Fourth Amendment rights as well saying that school officials pressured her into turning over her profile information.
It all started when the girl (referred to only as R.S. in court documents) had a run in with a hall monitor she considered ‘mean.’ She went on the social network to vent about said hall monitor and somehow the school’s principal wound up with a screenshot of the comment. R.S. was forced to apologize to the hall monitor and was given detention.
Things continued downhill from there as she was called on the carpet two more times, once for swearing and once for talking about sex. She claims that she was ‘intimidated’ into giving up her log-in information to her Facebook and email accounts. The suit alleges that the school gained access to the student’s private conversations without her parent’s consent.
“Students do not shed their First Amendment rights at the school house gate,” Charles Samuelson, executive director for the ACLU in Minnesota, said in a statement. “The Supreme Court ruled on that in the 1970s, yet schools like Minnewaska seem to have no regard for the standard.”
The Minnewaska School District denies any wrongdoing.