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Settlement won for sixth grader over Facebook post

Settlement won for sixth grader over Facebook post

Most people would agree that what you say at school is the school's responsibility, and what you say at home is the parent's responsibility. Apparently a school in Minnewaska, New York, didn't think so.

"In this latest free-speech legal clash between schools and students over murky rules governing social media privacy, Minnewaska Area Schools agreed to pay $70,000 in damages and rewrite its policies to limit how intrusive the school can be when searching a student’s e-mails and social media accounts created off school grounds."

Riley Stratton, a 13-year-old sixth grader, posted on Facebook that she didn't like a hall monitor because they were mean. Pretty standard grade school woes.

That is, until she was interrogated by the school with a deputy sheriff present. They demanded that she give up her Facebook password.

"After a parent complained about her Facebook chat with her son that was of a sexual nature, the school called her in and demanded her password as a deputy sheriff looked on. When she complied, they navigated her Facebook page in front of her."

Neither of her parents were informed or present.

“They never once told me they were going to bring her into the room and demand her Facebook password,” Sandra said. “I’m hoping schools kind of leave these things alone so parents can punish their own kids for things that happen off school grounds.”.

What do you think? Keep going to Star Tribune to get the whole story.

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