Deal Reached Over Girl's Facebook Teacher Comments

By: AP
By: AP

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) --

A girl suspended from a Broward County charter school after she criticized a teacher on Facebook has settled a federal lawsuit against the school's principal.

Court documents show that Katherine Evans will receive $15,000
in legal fees and $1 in nominal damages. Her three-day suspension
for cyberbullying also will be wiped from her school records.

Evans was suspended in 2007 after her principal found a Facebook
group in which she harshly criticized her English teacher. After
her suspension, Evans sued on grounds that her First Amendment
rights were violated.

The settlement was reached earlier this month. Evans is now a
20-year-old University of Florida student.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    Ms...you have no leg to stand on. You were at work, creating a hostile work place. This girl is the typical whinny crybaby. She runs her mouth and expects no consequences...how stupid of her. Remember, you have the right to free speech, as long as you are willing to deal with the consequences of that free speech. We no longer live in a world of thick skin, get used to it. Thank you libs for making sueing someone so easy!
  • by Billo Location: Tally on Dec 29, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    UF student, go figure. They run there mouths down there in Turdville. I do know that when its 6:29 in Gainsville, its 31 to 7 in Tallahassee.
  • by Ms. Opionionated Location: Tallahassee on Dec 29, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    Good for her. I was recently let go from a job that i held for 16 plus years. The Manager was secretly listening in on the staff's conversation without the staff's knowledge. He overheard me saying that it was so typical of him to handle situations in a extremly imature manner. I was fired on the spot. I am now seeking an Attorney because me First Admendment Right was violated.
  • by Libertarian on Dec 29, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    Sounds like a good decision. America is about having the freedom to say what you want to say. When people who have power over you can shut you up because they don't like what you say - it is wrong. However, this should also be a lesson on what you say online can follow you. Use good judgement people.
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