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Student fights cyber-bullying record


A student who was suspended from high school for ranting against a teacher on Facebook is suing to have the blemish removed from her record, reports the New York Times. Katherine Evans said she was frustrated with her English teacher for ignoring her pleas for help with assignments and a brusque reproach when she missed class to attend a school blood drive. So Evans, who was then a high school senior and honor student, logged onto Facebook and wrote a rant against the teacher, Sarah Phelps. A few days later, Evans removed the post from her Facebook page and went about the business of preparing for graduation and studying journalism in the fall. But two months after her online venting, Evans was called into the principal’s office and was told she was being suspended for cyber bullying, a blemish on her record that she said she feared could keep her from getting into graduate schools or landing her dream job. "It was all very quick the way it happened," said Evans, now a freshman at the University of Florida. She is suing the principal of her school for ordering her suspension. She is asking for no monetary compensation beyond her legal fees, said her lawyer, and she simply wants to have the suspension removed from her record. A lawyer for the school, Pembroke Pines Charter High School, has yet to respond to the legal complaint, filed in December, and refused to comment on the pending litigation…

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