Student - Mandi Jackson - files lawsuit after coach distributed private Facebook content


MISSISSIPPI — A Mississippi high school student is suing her school district after a teacher logged into the student's social networking account and distributed information that embarrassed her and led to her removal from the team.

Through her parents, Mandi Jackson, a student at Pearl High School in Pearl, Miss., filed suit against the district on June 16 in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi, claming the incident violated her constitutional rights to free speech and privacy, among others.

On Sept. 10, 2007, Pearl High School cheerleading coach Tommie Hill required each member of the cheerleading squad to reveal the passwords to their Facebook accounts, according to the suit.

Many of the students immediately deleted their accounts using their mobile phones, said Jackson's attorney Rita Nahlik Silin. Jackson did not delete her account.

The suit alleges Hill later logged onto Jackson's Facebook account and disseminated content — including private messages with another Pearl High School student — to other teachers, cheerleading coaches, and the principal and superintendent.

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