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Student Sues School District for Alleged Violation

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 13, 2012

Backed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a Minnesota middle school student is suing her school district for violating her privacy rights after school employees searched her Facebook account and e-mails, CNN reports. Minnewaska School District denies wrongdoing in reference to the complaint, which alleges that the 12-year-old girl's First Amendment rights were violated when she was suspended for statements she made on her Facebook account and that she was also pressured to divulge her password to school officials, according to court documents. "Students do not shed their First Amendment rights at the school house gate," said an ACLU spokesman.
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