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US girl suing school over Facebook comments row

London, Mon, 12 Mar 2012 ANI
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London, Mar 12 (ANI): A US girl is suing her school after she was forced to hand over her Facebook password and punished for posts she made on the social networking site.

 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has brought the case amid growing concern in the United States about individuals' ability to keep their email and other online accounts secret from their school, employer and government authorities.

 

The 12-year-old girl, known only as RS, was punished by teachers at Minnewaska Area Middle School, Minnesota, for writing things on Facebook while at home and using her own computer.

 

The ACLU is arguing that her First and Fourth Amendment rights, which protect freedom of speech and freedom from illegal searches respectively, were violated.

 

She was reportedly punished with detention after using Facebook to criticise a school hall monitor, and again after a fellow student told teachers that she had discussed sex online.

 

"RS was intimidated, frightened, humiliated and sobbing while she was detained in the small school room," the Telegraph quoted the legal papers, filed by the ACLU.

 

"RS was extremely nervous and being called out of class and being interrogated," the lawsuit said.

 

The complaint also says that the mother of RS had not given permission for the viewing to the school staff and a sheriff's deputy.

 

"The district is confident that once all facts come to light, the district's conduct will be found to be reasonable and appropriate," a spokesman for the school district said. (ANI)

 

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