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Not Cool, School: Middle Schooler Sues over Facebook Search

A Minnesota middle school student has sued her school district, claiming that school staff unlawfully searched her Facebook and e-mail accounts and punished her for a Facebook posting that criticized a school employee, CNN reports. The complaint, which the student filed with assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union, claims that employees at Minnewaska Area Middle School violated the student?ÇÖs First and Fourth Amendment rights. According to the suit, the 12-year-old student felt that one of the school?ÇÖs hall monitors was picking on her, so she wrote on her own Facebook wall that she hated that person because she was mean.?á The message was not posted from school property or using any school equipment or network, according to the complaint. The complaint also alleges that school employees pressured the student to divulge her e-mail and Facebook login information, which they then used to search her accounts.?á The student was given… Continue Reading

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