Teen wins $70,000 after school officials go through her private Facebook messages to look over sexual contentBy Mason White 9:22 AM March 27, 2014
By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A 13-year-old girl was traumatized after school officials forced her to hand over her Facebook password.
Now, the teen received $70,000 from the school as compensation for invading her privacy.
It all began when a mother told the school that Riley Stratton of Minnewaska, Minnesota, was sending sexual messages to her son.
The girl also wrote on her Facebook page that she disliked her teacher’s aide because she was being mean.
The school official ordered Stratton to hand over her Facebook and email passwords.
The 13 year old was humiliated when officials reviewed her private messages. The student was given an in-school suspension. After the incident, the humiliated teen did not want to go back to school and is now being home schooled.
Attorney Wallace Hilke with the American Civil Liberties Union, took the case pro bono, as the girl’s rights were violated.
The school agreed to pay Stratton, who is now 15, $70,000. They will also change school policy so that parents will have to give written permission to ask the child to hand over a password.