Minnesota School Pays Student $70K after Facebook Incident

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A school in Minnesota has agreed to pay one of its students 70 thousand dollars after forcing her to surrender her Facebook password.

A school in Minnesota has agreed to pay one of its students 70 thousand dollars after forcing her to surrender her Facebook password.

The incident happened in 2011, when Riley Stratton was 13 and in the 6th grade.

It started after she made a disparaging comment about a hall monitor on the social media site and was called to the principal’s office and suspended.

Soon after, she got back on Facebook and tried to find who had told on her, as she had made the comment while off of the school’s grounds.


She was again called to the office, but this time there was also a deputy sheriff in the room.

It was demanded that she grant them access to her Facebook page immediately.

The ACLU took on the matter, and recently they and the school reached the agreement.

Said the newly appointed superintendent of the school, “We'll be certainly much more cautious about punishing people for things they say off-campus outside of school time.”

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