Skip to comments.Up against the Wall! Should district be allowed to demand middle-schooler's Facebook password?
Posted on 03/13/2012 5:03:05 AM PDT by tobyhill
A 12-year-old Minnesota girl was reduced to tears while school officials and a police officer rummaged through her private Facebook postings after forcing her to surrender her password, an ACLU lawsuit alleges.
The claims are the latest in a string of tales showing that even password-protected, private online activities might not be safe from curious government agencies and schools. (See last weeks story)
The girl, whose identity is withheld in the lawsuit, came home "crying, depressed, angry, scared and embarrassed" after she was intimidated into divulging her login information by a school counselor and a deputy sheriff, who arrived in uniform, armed with a Taser, the lawsuit alleges.
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just fyi,,, I thought you had to be at least 13 years old to have a ‘legal’ facebook account..
Taze my 12yo girl over this kind of crap and you will find the fighting side of me.
Comrade, your anti-social attitude is noted. You may soon be in need of reeducation.
Very good observation. I bet she or her parents lied about her age but I’m not sure it makes it right for anyone to make her give up her password.
You do. But people lie.
Facebook is nothing but aggravation. My children are grown, but I would have to think very hard about letting a 12 year old have her own page. I’d let her use mine if I had one, but not have her own.
Here’s the problem....the anti-bullying crowd are showing up at the schools demanding teachers and administrators “do something” about the bullying.
Of course....they can only deal with things that happen at the school. Alot of the bullying is taking place online.
And now there is a tend in the thinking that goes like this....a nasty feud breaks out on FB in the evening, and it carries over into school the next day.
Parents want the school to “do something”
And...liberals being who they are...feel like they have to prove they are “doing something”
Since no one has figured out a way to monitor FB 24/7 on behalf of the school....this password business is probably the next step.
Yes - the school is overstepping , but I’m willing to bet the parents contributed to the problem too.
Most police carry a taser, I’m sure he wasn’t going to use it on the kid.
It’s against FB’s TOS to give out your password.
“I can’t, sir, that would be a violation of a contractual obligation.”
exactly...and what is stopping the kid from changing the password as soon as she leaves the office?
Not only can she change it...she can block anyone from the school from even “seeing” she has a page.
This is all so ridiculous.
Parents need to check their computer history regularly.
Originally, I got on FB, so I could monitor things.
But you know what?
If there is a particular picture or post the child doesn’t want their parents to see? FB has a way of “hiding” these things from certain people.
There is always a way around this stuff.
If a parent is STUPID ENOUGH to let their middle-schooler on Facebook, then yes, the school should have the right to monitor it (especially considering that the parent is already stupid enough to put the kid in public school, in the first place).
We’re filtering out the world from our kids so that they don’t desire the things of the world,
and do not feel the peer pressure to be on FB or any other crap like that.
Any time they discuss a worldly issue or desire that they have been exposed to that seems to be appealing, they discuss it with us and we get them to examine it from a Biblical viewpoint. I can’t think of a time where the worldly issue continued to have its appeal after such a discussion. It’s all about exposing the lies for what they are.
These bullies .... NO thugs need a good assets kicking. How dare they invade kid’s privacy and reduce her tears by intimidating her.
The father of the girl needs to be in the face of the “school administrator”,
and needs his lawyer suing the pants off the LEO that was acting under color of authority.
We have been somewhat leaning that way with our younger ones.
With our older ones...this FB business didn’t come about until they were well into their teens.
They used it to chat with buddies - but it wasn’t a big deal.
With my younger ones - I’m more wary, because it has changed since it first came out.
We’ve recently stopped contributing to the gaming industry.
The only wii or ps2 products that come home anymore are exercise-oriented (they’ve been dancing away to Zumba all week)
I’m about ready to hammer down on the music.
Music has always been a struggle...but lately the crap coming out is downright evil.
It’s tough keeping up...you can ban it at home, but they share music at school.
Some kids that have fancy smartphones at school are using them to snicker over porn....I hate those freaking things!