Cheerleader Suspended for Facebook Photo, Parents Consider Lawsuit

There are 11 comments on the Oct 20, 2010, 5News KFSM story titled Cheerleader Suspended for Facebook Photo, Parents Consider Lawsuit. In it, 5News KFSM reports that:

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio -- The parents of a cheerleader at Cardinal High School say their daughter is being unfairly punished for a picture that she posted on Facebook.

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OneMan

Siloam Springs, AR

#2 Oct 21, 2010
It's a sad day when someone can be suspended, or otherwise punished for something, done outside of school. Outside of the school's jurisdiction is where 100% of the responsibility of the parents and, if warranted, the law inforcement authorities. NEVER should a school get involved in parenting outside of the school boundaries (school events, school property, etc).
Call me Mr Slippery

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Oct 21, 2010
Since when do school officials get to discipline students for what do they off school grounds?
Sounds like a school administrators have too much free time on their hands
Daniel

Fort Smith, AR

#5 Oct 21, 2010
It is the schools business once a student violates policy. That's when. Frankly, she is in violation of Federal law and should go to jail. If her parents were involved then they should go to jail too. Hopefully the suit is thrown out.
Idiots

Fayetteville, AR

#6 Oct 21, 2010
This is NOT the school's business. I hope she wins BIG.
get even

Fort Smith, AR

#8 Oct 21, 2010
Schools and the folks who work there are well aware of their rights and the laws. they have lawyers on staff for that...and they don't tell parents until AFTER they have grilled your kid and made up their minds as to what to do about it. Then and only then are parents called and told, all under the guise of being led to believe that the folks who grilled your kid are still "looking into the matter" when reality is they are already done. How do I know? I taught in Greenwood for over ten years under one Tyrant Principle by the last name Fox...you do the math...this was the policy SHE created and installed while I taught under her...THIS WAS POLICY UNDER FOX....have you learned anything if you are a parent? Don't get mad...get a damned good lawyer, file against teaching licenses in Little Rock (teachers and principles must defend themselves in public to the education board...no choice) and get EVEN!!! You are the parents, your rights come first...dont' get mad just get even and hit them in the wallet...then jobs will be lost and change will happen. Fact is school staff are trained to tell you only what they have to and nothing about internal operations...nothing.
Jimmy McBride

AOL

#10 Oct 21, 2010
The school has NO business with the lives of students when they are at home
MrNguyen

Springdale, AR

#11 Oct 21, 2010
It is very sad day when a child loses out on being a child due to misunderstanding.
Bah

Van Buren, AR

#12 Oct 21, 2010
The only thing the school should have done was give the picture to the student's parents. That's it, that's the end of their responsibility.

Just because the school makes a rule does NOT give them the authority to enforce that rule.

Some schools have rules against peanut products at school because some students are allergic. Do you want them to make a rule that says students can't eat peanuts EVER and start suspending students for eating peanuts at home? Didn't think so.

BTW, I'm not sure about Arkansas, but, giving alcohol to your child is legal in at least 10 states, including Minnesota, New Mexico, Virginia and Georgia.
landofoz

Miami, FL

#14 Oct 22, 2010
OneMan wrote:
It's a sad day when someone can be suspended, or otherwise punished for something, done outside of school. Outside of the school's jurisdiction is where 100% of the responsibility of the parents and, if warranted, the law inforcement authorities. NEVER should a school get involved in parenting outside of the school boundaries (school events, school property, etc).
People have been denied jobs or lost jobs for what is found on Facebook, so anyone that has been denied a job should run out and get a lawyer according to the people posting here. As if we don't already have enough people that have become litigation happy in this country. Students that post pics on facebook run the risk of having others see them. It is just a fact of life today that many people wish to have everything they do broadcast to the world, big mistake, I for one prefer my privacy. This is a valuable lesson to this young lady and her parents, beware facebook and other social networking sites and the damage that can be caused by them. It is sad that this was brought to the schools attention (most likely by someone that is jealous of the girl) but it happened and they are upholding a policy that students are aware of and parents should make themselves aware of. My high school had a similar policy about drugs and alcohol which I'm sure most parents would agree with. My father would have called me an idiot and told me to think twice before doing that sort of thing again, to him it would have been my fault and a lesson learned. Where have all the parents gone in this day and age?
Greg

Waldorf, MD

#15 Oct 22, 2010
None of the School's Business.
Such a minor thing.. just playing at a wedding.
SUE the CRAP out of them. Schools DO NOT OWN OUR KIDS. They are NOT responsible for OUR KIDS when NOT IN SCHOOL.
Juror13

Irvine, CA

#16 Oct 22, 2010
Clearly, when we are not given the whole "picture," we are likely short of relevant information to make a logical and sensible judgment call. This is how we end up with miscarriages of justice when both convicting the innocent and acquitting the guilty. Looks like a questionable picture was possibly misinterpreted. The school appears to be reaching out of their boundry as well. The school also appears to have made a quick judgment call without all the relevant facts at hand. Moreover, the school seems to have ignored the fact that the moment the picture arrived in their hands that this was clearly an act of malice being carried out by some "anonymous" person. Of course, allbeit not likely, we could all find out down the pike that the girl had a reputation for being the school lush. Regardless, the problem here is not the ambiguous and possibly incriminating picture, nor is it the posting of it. The problem begins with the submittal of the picture. Do a real investigation into who the "anonymous" person was and the investigation itself will at a minimum scare at least some kids into thinking twice about perpetrating malicious acts.

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