I don’t have a Facebook account, primarily because the idea of living my personal life online sounds like the worst idea since Jarts. However, its cases like this that had me thinking about going to law school to focus on Internet Law. I cannot see how in the world the school could think they had the right to demand access to this kid’s account.
Side note: for those of you under 30- Jarts was a “toy” that consisted of six two-foot long darts with SHARP STEEL tips and two hula hoops. The idea was to play it kind of like horseshoes, but with LETHAL STEEL SPIKES.
“Happy 8th Birthday, Bobby. Now take this lethal mini-spear and hurl it across the yard. Try not to puncture your other guests. Have fun!!!”
How far can a school go in punishing students for what they do on Facebook? One Minnesota middle school crossed the line, leading a federal judge to say it violated one girl’s basic rights.
The case involves a 12-year-old girl who used Facebook (s fb) to diss the hall monitor, writing “[I hate] a Kathy person at school because [Kathy] was mean to me.” She also used the social network to talk about “naughty things” with a boy. When one of her “friends” ratted on her, the girl wrote on her Facebook wall, “I want to know who the f%$# told on me.”
Three school officials, including a counselor and a taser-wearing cop, came down hard. They interrogated her in an office and badgered the sobbing girl until she handed over her passwords. They proceeded to go through her Facebook and email accounts to find the “naughty” discussion she had with the boy.
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