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School District Settles Lawsuit Over Student’s Facebook Posts

– March 28, 2014

A Minnesota school district has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a 2012 case involving a student’s Facebook posts.

Under the terms of the settlement, the Minnewaska School District will pay $70,000 to Riley Stratton, a former sixth-grade student who is now 15 years old.

Stratton claims she received detention and was required to write a formal letter of apology after posting disparaging comments about a teacher’s aid on her Facebook page using her home computer.

A few days following that incident, Stratton was interrogated again and asked to reveal her Facebook password after school officials found out that she was engaging in explicit private conversations on the popular social media site.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Stratton’s behalf, alleging that the school violated her constitutional rights to free speech and privacy.

Although the school district denies any wrongdoing, it has revised its policies regarding students’ social media accounts.

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