School forces 12 year old to hand over her Facebook password

A Minnesota middle school is being sued after it forced a sixth grader to give up her Facebook login. Some people need a few lessons in Constitutional rights.

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Last week at TY4NS I talked about a report by MSNBC’s Bob Sullivan on employers who insist on pawing through job candidates’ Facebook profiles before hiring them. If that ticks you off, you’ll love this next bit.

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The ACLU is suing a school in Minnesota for doing the same thing to one of its sixth graders. Administrators at Minnewaska Area Middle School punished “R. S.” after she posted to her Facebook page that one of the school’s hall monitors was “mean.” Per the ACLU press release:

In early 2011 R.S. posted a comment, while at home, on her Facebook page about her dislike of a school staff member. The school learned about the comment, and R.S. received a detention and was forced to write an apology to the staff member. She was disciplined again when she cursed on her Facebook page, complaining that someone reported her to the school. This time she was given an in-school suspension and was prohibited from attending a school field trip. ….

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