It’s not often that a student wins out in a battle against a school principal.
But the principle of free speech carried the day in this case. A girl suspended from a Broward County, Florida charter school after criticizing a teacher on Facebook has settled a federal lawsuit against the school administrator. According to court documents, Katherine Evans will get $15,000 in legal fees and $1 in nominal damages. On top of that, her three-day suspension for cyberbullying will be wiped from her school records. Evans was suspended in 2007 after her principal found a Facebook group in which she ripped her English teacher. After her suspension, Evans sued on grounds that her First Amendment rights were violated.