Girl, ACLU Sue School Over Facebook Flap

Suit alleges invasion of privacy after she has to hand over password
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2012 12:24 PM CST
Girl, ACLU Sue School Over Facebook Flap
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(Newser) – Maybe this kind of thing will start sounding familiar soon? A 12-year-old girl in Minnesota is suing her school with the help of the ACLU because she says administrators made her hand over her Facebook password and pored over her account, reports CNN. The move came after the girl got into trouble for some posts: In one, she wrote that she hated one of the school's adult hall monitors; in another, a mother complained to the school that the girl was talking about sex on the site with her son, notes Courthouse News Service.

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At that point, the girl says she was pulled out of class and forced to divulge her password. "R.S. was intimidated, frightened, humiliated and sobbing while she was detained in the small school room" as three employees looked at her page, says the lawsuit. She's alleging a violation of her First Amendment right to free speech and her Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure. The school disagrees: "The district did not violate R.S.'s civil rights, and disputes the one-sided version of events set forth in the complaint written by the ACLU," it says in a statement. (Read more Facebook stories.)

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