Sunday, March 11, 2012

12-Year-Old Girl Sues School for Spying on Her Facebook Account

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The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 12-year-old middle school student who was detained and interrogated by Minnesota school officials who demanded her Facebook and email passwords.

According to CNN, the girl claims she was "'intimidated, frightened, humiliated and sobbing while she was detained in the small school room' as she watched a counselor, a deputy, and another school employee pore over her private communications."

The "interrogation" of the student stemmed from an incident where the girl wrote on her Facebook wall that hall monitors in the school were being "mean" to her and that she hated them, which the school determined was enough justification to demand a review of all her private communications.


The ACLU says that the Minnewaska School District violated the student's First Amendment right to free speech and her Fourth Amendment right to privacy and protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

"Students do not shed their First Amendment rights at the school house gate. The Supreme Court ruled on that in the 1970s, yet schools like Minnewaska seem to have no regard for the standard," said Minnesota's executive director for the ACLU in a statement about the case.

The school district maintains that its actions were "reasonable and appropriate."



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32 comments:

Anonymous said...

how about we demand all the passwords to these "officials" facebooks, emails, and other private communications. just to make certain they aren't terrorist, criminals, or pediphiles. just cause and all that!

Anonymous said...

This is all just indoctrination into the police state mentality. I hope more will step up and kick the school administrators in the teeth with lawsuits.

Anonymous said...

First I give credit to the parent/parents of the little girl for not stomping a giant hole in their a**es for what they did, but maybe I'm speaking to soon too, lol Who the hell do these people think they are!! Maybe their names and addresses should be published so everyone knows who they are and where they live in case anyone wants to show their appreciation for their actions!

Anonymous said...

Parents MUST teach their children that there are times when it is appropriate to say NO. And these children need to know that their parents have their back.

Anonymous said...

why did a 12 year old gorl have a fb account for anyway,is it not against fb policy and the parents shuda been keeping an eye on her,she cuda been sbject to some online pedo,schools not place for fb and they shoul ban her and parents from school and the rtest who have fb accounts in school,wots next send them to school wiv drugs and porn.fukin wise up and wake up.

Anonymous said...

I hope the administrators of the school are sued so hard they can only afford to eat dried rice for the next 10 years. During this time under court order they must take and pass a course in U.S.A. Constitution History. Fuck the Department of Education.

apeman2502 said...

Another chance for pedophiles to gang up on a child to commit unnatural acts. I hope she wins $50,000.00 and gets to kick the principal and the rest in the shins with a new pair of logger boots as ordered by the court.

Allie8962 said...

Facebook policy states you must be 13 or older to have an account, but there are tons of kids under 13 who use Facebook. Still, what this school did to this girl is completely wrong and they had no authority to do this.

Anonymous said...

Sue the school, sue them for everything they got.
Let them eat crow as their KGB tactics are exposed.
Schools supposed to teach children.
What's next? Concentration camps?

Anonymous said...

Let's post all the indiscretions and affairs of these administrators and teachers, shall we?

Anonymous said...

Seems like public schools attract these petty, wannabe tyrants. Probably because they think the kids are easy prey. They know adults wouldn't put up their their bullshit.

Anonymous said...

We need to teach our children about their rights. It would have been useful to the girl to have known to "Lawyer-up" (Invoke her right to remain silent).

Anonymous said...

correct me if im wrong, but doesnt lawsuit money come out of the school budget? So yea, the girl and her parents will get a nice payoff while the school has to make cutbacks to cover their losses.
?

Anonymous said...

Schools have no right being on the students facebooks.

Anonymous said...

Why did she just not tell them "up yours". They certainly could not do anything if she did not give them her passwords.

Anonymous said...

Any money won from the lawsuit would be paid out from school's insurance and not from the budget.

mardabo said...

And these same assholes more than likely voted for Obama

mardabo said...

These same assholes probably voted for Obama and his totalitarian policies

Anonymous said...

I will say this, if that had happened in my day, lord help the principal that would have pulled something like that on one guy's girlfriend. This guy big, tough, and I guarantee you that is something like that happened to this guy's girlfriend, back in the day, that principal would have had has lights punched out by this guy. He was very protective of his girlfriends, and any principal that pulled something like that on this guy's girlfriend would have knocked clean into next week by this guy.

Anonymous said...

Large institutions, such as school districts, are oftentimes self-insured so, yes, more than likely that the money will come out of the school district's budget which comes from taxpayers.

All of the responsible parties need to be suspended immediately without pay - leading to termination of employment - and the District Attorney needs to be looking into possible criminal charges.

Anonymous said...

The "interrogation" of the student stemmed from an incident where the girl wrote on her Facebook wall that hall monitors in the school were being "mean" to her...----What this little girl has learned is that "hall monitors" can quickly ramp up to the Gestapo

Anonymous said...

What a joke, on both parts. Sure the school went a bit far. However she is already breaking the TOS of facebook and willingly gave out her password. As I doubt they exactly torture her for it. However the parents should have been called in. All in all I say both sides walk away and accept their losses.

Anonymous said...

Sharing passwords and account information breaks Facebook's Code-Of-Conduct. Nobody with an account has to give away their password to anyone. The school is wrong on this, and will lose big time.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if facebook can sue them for forcing someone to break their TOS?

Brandon Smith said...

I find it astonishing and a bit sickening that a few people here are attempting to place blame on the student for the vicious actions of the school. Frankly, who gives a flying f#!k what the age policy is on Facebook? Are you kidding me! Utterly irrelevant.

Also, yes, she could have kept her mouth shut about her password, but only a complete idiot would overlook the terror a 12 year old girl would feel when being interrogated by school officials and a deputy. We live in a society full of fear, which constantly brainwashes children to conform and placate the demands of "authority figures". OF COURSE she gave them her passwords.

The best course of action is not to "walk away and accept their losses". A weakling and a coward might suggest that, but not a true American. The best course of action is to fight, and make the unjust sorry they were born. Otherwise, what are we really teaching our kids?

Nunya Goddam-Bizness said...

It's called "prisoner training" ...after all America is one big police state. Why the fuss? Just bend over and take it like a prisoner!!!

Anonymous said...

There was obviously no real crime committed. The administration should never have even asked for the password.

Similar to how an underage kid trying to buy alcohol is against the law, authority figures attempting to coerce your privacy from you should be also.

Anonymous said...

..Hate is killing lots of our kids. When someone writes or says they hate someone, it should sound warnings with big red lights and loud gongs.
..What these officials did was to see how strongly she felt about hate. Why has no one commented on this aspect? Would you rather they apologize after she caused some tragedy?
..The First Ammendment doesn't guarantee freedom to every word anyone might express. Privacy doesn't mean everything you express is protected from investigation.
..Let's see the end of this before condemning school officials. I'll bet both parties come to better relationships regarding hate speech. Oh, not including the ACLU. While they do a lot of good work, they thrive on suing at the drop of a password.

Anonymous said...

Last anonymous - they have no business seeing how strongly she feels about hate. Do you realize hate is not actually a crime?? What tragedy did she cause by venting on HER page!

Revisit your first amendment because it's clear you've forfeited it. Just b/c it was ruled that you can't yell fire in a crowded theater does not mean you don't have 1st amendment right to say whatever the hell you want. Privacy does mean you are protected from undue investigation.

SUE SUE SUE be a run-around sue - if that's the only language they understand. Bad publicity and lost money for doing sneaky s*** like that to a kid, those power hungry ticks. Unfortunately though, they'll never get it. They've been trained to lack empathy and stick their noses into people's personal lives.

Anonymous said...

The girl's statement of "hating" the hall monitors should at most called for a simple non-threatening talk with a school counselor and the notifying of her parents(before any questioning or detaining) because of possible "red flag" behavior. If there was any threat of violence against the monitors her parents and police should have been the only ones to interrogate or intimidate her. The school took the law into their own hands and then broke it by forcing her to give them private information. Did the school react to just a rumor? If the girl's post was public why did they need her FB password?

Pro Sound And Vocal Editing said...

This is really sick!

Man from Modesto said...

I also do not relinquish my rights when I log on to fb or any other account, or when I use or am in proximity to my own phone or any other audio propagating device, public or private.
Take a note, NSA, CIA, and anyone else. I do NOT give you permission. I retain all my rights and yield you nothing. Now, get lost.

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