Student Sues Over Facebook Suspension

Constitutional case asks if school can limit online expression
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 9, 2008 3:39 PM CST
Teens visit Facebook on their laptops. The latest First Amendment suit asks whether school officials can punish students for what they write online.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – With the help of the ACLU, a Florida high school grad is suing a former principal for violating her constitutional rights in suspending her for “cyber-bullying” a teacher, the Miami Herald reports. Katherine Evans created a Facebook page railing against her “worst teacher,” and asked classmates to contribute “feelings of hatred.” None did, and Evans took down the post, but she was still suspended.

The ACLU brought the First Amendment suit forward, charging the principal with violating Evans’ right to “free and unfettered exchange of ideas and opinions in the public arena.” Though she graduated and is now in college, the teen—who also claims she was removed from advanced coursework after the incident—seeks to have the suspension removed from her academic record.