Minnewaska, Minnesota Area Schools admitted no liability in the settlement where they payed a student $70,000 after forcing her to give up her Facebook password.
The American Civil Liberties Union stepped in to help defend 15 year old Riley Stratton. Riley stated, in the UPI story, “I was in tears. I was embarrassed when they made me give over my password…I was a little mad at whoever turned me in ’cause it was outside school when it happened.”
ACLU attorney Wallace Hilke said, “A lot of schools, like the folks at Minnewaska, think that just because it’s easier to know what kids are saying off campus through social media somehow means the rules have changed, and you can punish them for what they say off campus. They punished her for doing exactly what kids have done for 100 years — complaining to her friends about teachers and administrators. She wasn’t spreading lies or inciting them to engage in bad behavior, she was just expressing her personal feelings.”