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Minnesota teen wins settlement after school takes Facebook password
FoxNews.com ^ | 3-27-2014 | FoxNews.com

Posted on 03/27/2014 4:08:40 AM PDT by servo1969

A Minnesota school district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit that claimed school officials violated a student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission.

The lawsuit, filed in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, alleged that Riley Stratton, now 15, was given detention after posting disparaging comments about a teacher's aide on her Facebook page, even though she was at home and not using school computers.

The ACLU also said administrators viewed her online conversations between the then-Minnewaska Area Middle School sixth-grader and a boy because of a complaint the two were using computers to talk about sex.

“I was in tears,” Riley told the Star-Tribune on Tuesday. “I was embarrassed when they made me give over my password.”

After a parent complained about the Facebook chat, the school called her in and demanded her password. With a sheriff deputy looking on, she complied, and they browsed her Facebook page in front of her, according to the report.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: arth; facebook; password; school; student

1 posted on 03/27/2014 4:08:40 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Good for her!


2 posted on 03/27/2014 4:22:51 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: servo1969

The shame of this whole thing is that the taxpayers pay the penalty, not the individuals performing the infraction.

It’s time to hold each teacher and administrator of our public schools PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE for any (and all) violations of our personal freedoms...not the taxpayers.

What it comes to is the fact that our public school employees really have nothing to fear other than a “bad mark” on their records while the real penalties are paid by everyone else...the taxpayer.


3 posted on 03/27/2014 4:30:32 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: DH
"The shame of this whole thing is that the taxpayers pay the penalty, not the individuals performing the infraction."

Absolutely correct. Without personal sanctions, the statists just laughingly write another check from the taxpayers. The same things apply with general lawsuits by the taxpayers against an encroaching government. The money comes from those who are filing and winning the lawsuits, rather than individual violators.

4 posted on 03/27/2014 4:38:43 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: servo1969

Thankfully MY PUBLIC SCHOOL would NEVER do anything like this, because, well, it’s my public school - not hers, and we have BETTER PEOPLE running it here.

(how conservatives rationalize sending their kids to public schools...regardless of what they read here)


5 posted on 03/27/2014 4:47:49 AM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: Truth29
"The shame of this whole thing is that the taxpayers pay the penalty, not the individuals performing the infraction."

Unfortunately, unionization of teachers for the past 40+ years has helped them avoid personal responsibility for their actions. Have sex with a student; the union will bail them out. Beat a student; the union will bail them out. violate a student's constitutional rights; the union will bail them out.

After such a long time being unionized, teachers no longer even possess the built-in control, once known as a conscience, on their behavior. They're free to do anything without consideration.

6 posted on 03/27/2014 4:50:39 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: servo1969

“The ACLU also said administrators viewed her online conversations between the then-Minnewaska Area Middle School sixth-grader and a boy because of a complaint the two were using computers to talk about sex.”

Hmm. I would bet good money that the school also encouraged kids to “talk about sex” because it’s “perfectly normal”. Why would they then get upset if the kids take their advice?


7 posted on 03/27/2014 5:25:23 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: servo1969

They should be in jail including the deputy.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 5:33:06 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: servo1969

Should have been personal fines and not the district.

While I don’t believe a child has all of the rights of an adult, I don’t believe she should have been forced to give up her password.


9 posted on 03/27/2014 5:33:37 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: servo1969

And no doubt the school admins are all liberals.


10 posted on 03/27/2014 6:06:41 AM PDT by stockpirate (Only a tidal wave of tyrants blood will return our tree of liberty......)
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To: servo1969

The admins asked her to violate her user agreement with Facebook and they in turn violated FB by asking for it. If the admins have FB accts. then they should be banned from it.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 6:23:51 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Star Traveler

Good for her!

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Good for her in terms of the right to privacy, but her parents need to be slapped for letting a 6th grader on Facebook.


12 posted on 03/27/2014 6:25:48 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: servo1969

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”

Today’s version of “papers and effects” is the computer and digital files.

$70,000...
SHE DIDN’T SUE FOR ENOUGH!


13 posted on 03/27/2014 6:33:25 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: G Larry

Can you imagine what would have happened if her parents had tried the same stunt? They would have lost custody of her, and the police would be there protecting “her.” Weird world we live in.


14 posted on 03/27/2014 6:36:37 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: servo1969

What chick manure thin skinned wimps. The principal, sheriff, and whoever else was in the office should now be charged with a civil suit. A “disparaging” remark gets thisnattention? No, they just want that girl to know she lives in a police state and the state must not be mocked. Have fear.


15 posted on 03/27/2014 8:06:36 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Boogieman

That sex ruse was a fabrication to get the student for “bossifying” the student aide.
These adminsitrators think they are Teflon Don’s.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 8:10:01 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: BuffaloJack

You’ll never get a good judgement against the government.


17 posted on 03/27/2014 8:10:41 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: servo1969

tHis is just another little sleepy little school district that got a rude awakening.

maybe some will now recognize the Spanish Inquisition
Age II that we live in..


18 posted on 03/27/2014 8:41:30 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: BobL

Way to slam fellow FReepers there.


19 posted on 03/27/2014 8:45:27 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: BuffaloJack

She only gets $35,000.
The ACLU gets the other half.
Last sentence in the article.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 8:58:41 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: NormsRevenge

But no one expects.....(pregnant pause)..... THE SPANISH INQUISITION!!


21 posted on 03/27/2014 9:14:04 AM PDT by pat1969 (Where is the compromise between right and wrong?)
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To: Cyber Liberty

“Way to slam fellow FReepers there.”

Only the ones that REFUSE to accept what our public schools have become.


22 posted on 03/27/2014 2:03:28 PM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: BobL

What about the ones who can’t afford to pay for both public schools (through taxes) PLUS private school tuition? Are they just trash to you? Is that how you roll?


23 posted on 03/27/2014 3:41:00 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

People prioritize THINGS...I prioritize my kids.


24 posted on 03/27/2014 6:27:58 PM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: metmom; wintertime; JenB; traviskicks; bamahead

Big brother is watching from the public schools.


25 posted on 04/18/2014 2:16:07 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!

26 posted on 04/20/2014 5:23:16 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: servo1969
She only gets $35,000.
The ACLU gets the other half.
Last sentence in the article.

The article doesn't say how the money was divided.

27 posted on 04/20/2014 5:28:16 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: servo1969
“I was in tears,” Riley told the Star-Tribune on Tuesday. “I was embarrassed when they made me give over my password.”

How did they "make her" give them her password. She needs to learn how to say "Fuck off" in scholastically admissible language, and call the cops on her cell if they persist and won't let her leave. Anything not pertaining directly with school is none of their business and none of their business to demand.

28 posted on 04/20/2014 6:47:39 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: servo1969

The teachers and administrators were just jealous a student was getting sex with someon else.


29 posted on 04/20/2014 6:53:13 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: servo1969

“Made” her give over her password? Intimidation in the school? My younger kids would have told them, “Go talk to my Dad.” My oldest would have told them to get bent and then, “Go talk to my Dad.” They would not have enjoyed that talk with me and my attorney. The message these “modern” schools are sending is that bullying is bad, except when school officials do it. People need to stop caving to these bullies and stand up for what is right.


30 posted on 04/21/2014 9:55:35 AM PDT by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of liberty only to see marxism elected at home.)
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To: servo1969; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

31 posted on 04/24/2014 5:56:07 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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