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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