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Teen reaches $70,000 settlement with school

Teen Reaches $70K Settlement With School Over Facebook Comment
A Minnesota teen won $70,000 in a settlement with her school over one of her Facebook posts. Back in 2011, 11-year-old Riley Stratton posted a message on her Facebook saying she hated one of her school's hall monitors. The Minnewaska School District slapped her with an in-school suspension.

After a parent complained about a sexual message that Riley sent to their son's Facebook, the school demanded her Facebook info and went through her account: an action her lawyer calls unconstitutional.

Riley was so embarrassed by the incident that she is now being homeschooled.

According to the Star Tribune, the school maintains they asked permission to go through Riley's Facebook, a claim her parents strongly disagree with. The school district reached a $70k settlement, and says that they will use more caution in the future when handling similar matters.

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Lloyd March 27 2014 at 11:17 PM

How is the school involved in a conversation between teens? Was this posted from a school computer? Was the teenage boy an employee? Was the E-mail sent during class? Why did the boy's parent made the complaint to the school, of all agencies?

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ptggtp March 27 2014 at 10:35 PM

I'm confused. The written report says this all started when she posted a note on Facebook that stating she "hated one of her school's hall monitors" while she was 11 years old in 2011. Another report says she was 13 years old and in the sixth grade. And the print says that another parent acused the girl of sending a "sexual message" to her son. Then the school says they had the girl's permission, which the ACLU didn't believe. And the school district reached a $70,000 settlement. Now the school is no longer enrolled in a legitimate school because she is so embarrased. I have to wonder - Who is the child in the drama?

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ptggtp ptggtp March 27 2014 at 10:37 PM

I meant to say the girl is no longer enrolled in a legitimate school. Hopefully you got the point.

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ladyfawne ptggtp March 27 2014 at 10:48 PM

Yeah, I got it. I'd like to know why the school was involved at all.

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deornament ptggtp March 27 2014 at 11:15 PM

There have been stories here and there of adults who when applying for jobs are asked for their social media login names and passwords, which in some areas is illegal, but it is totally unethical, but yet for some reason adults have willingly shared this information.

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R Baby Kat March 28 2014 at 12:43 AM

Excuse me, but isn't your computer....your computer, so what right did the school have to interfere? I would think that would be the parents responsibility. What happened to freedom of speech? I can remember a lot of students, most in fact, had teachers they didn't like, or knew classmates they couldn't stand and were vocal about it. No one was expelled, suspended, lectured, etc., You either agreed or disagreed...no big deal. Perhaps it wasn't very nice, but it was quite common.....to have Slam books back in the '40's. You had a small notebook, had a name at the top of the page, you made your comments under the name as to whether you liked or disliked that person and why, then passed it to the next person. Never saw anyone get upset or into a fight. In fact, some of the criticism was warranted and quite helpful to the individual. In fact, it helped me correct some annoying habits and I took the criticism to heart and tried to improve. Fortunately, there were a few who "loved" me.

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sg.views March 27 2014 at 11:34 PM

As for the comment about the staff-member: Are you totally unaware? First, you probably deserved it (school staff cross the line all the time). Besides, it's ok for school staff to act unprofessional and talk amongst themselves gossiping and disrespecting parents and families based on their ignorant opinions; but not for anyone else?1?

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EzinWy March 27 2014 at 9:20 PM

America is going nuts ...

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suealiaim EzinWy March 27 2014 at 9:21 PM


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clydetaylor289 EzinWy March 27 2014 at 9:31 PM

America has already gone nuts!!

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Relevant Data clydetaylor289 March 27 2014 at 9:53 PM

Agreed... we've been there for some time now.

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twisted8138 March 27 2014 at 10:49 PM

We lose more and more of our freedom everyday and most of us don't realize it. "sigh"

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mykecusa@netscap twisted8138 March 27 2014 at 10:53 PM

Yup and it becomes easier and easier to collect as few bucks from the taxpayers.

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jmccomb38 March 27 2014 at 8:25 PM

Would like to hear the message sent to the boy, how bad was it?

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DAD THE GREAT ON March 27 2014 at 10:55 PM

They don't like the Constitution so why operate under it, their leader doesn't. Why should they>

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donna March 27 2014 at 10:11 PM

Here's a thought. If you allow an 11 year old a facebook account how about you moniter what she writes?

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Robert March 27 2014 at 10:37 PM

Nice girl.

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ladyfawne Robert March 27 2014 at 10:47 PM

Not sure exactly how you mean this, so Im going to assume this was sarcasm. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Let's look closely at the accusations. She posted something about hating a school hall monitor and they suspended her. Someone accused her of posting something sexual on their son's Facebook. Why did they call the school? Why didn't they contact her parents about this? What was it that was considered sexual? My Facebook account has been 'phished" several times and the stuff posted on my (unknowing) behalf was mortifying. I try and get it off of there as soon as possible and change my password.

Sure, she very well could have posted something she shouldn't have. But this did not give the school the right to insert themselves into something they had no business being in.

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