School District Faces Suit for Accessing Student's Facebook Account

She was forced to give officials her password


A school district must face claims that it violated the rights of a student by forcing her to reveal her Facebook password, a federal judge ruled.

R.S., who sued the Minnewaska Area School District No. 2149 anonymously through her mother claims, that she was 12 when she criticized a school hall monitor in an early 2011 Facebook post.

"She wrote something to the effect of: '[I hate] a Kathy person at school because [Kathy] was mean to me,'" U.S. District Judge Michael Davis wrote, summarizing the girl's allegations.