Student Sues School in 'Sexting' Case

There are 45 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from May 26, 2010, titled Student Sues School in 'Sexting' Case. In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

A school district that was at the center of a highly publicized "sexting" case has been sued by a teenager who claims her principal confiscated her cell phone, found nude images she had taken of herself and turned it over to prosecutors.

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Park Ridge, NJ

#1 May 26, 2010
I hope she wins. What made anyone in the school system think they have any right to view information or ANYTHING for that matter, on someones phone? Absolutely rediculous. I liken this to reading someones diary or journal. The "moral police" strike again and once again they have overstepped their boundries. Educators need to stick to the curriculum and let the parents teach (or not) their children morals.
Tiffany

Stow, OH

#2 May 26, 2010
There's no case. The principle is not a government agent or acting law enforcement officer. Yes, it might have been wrong to go through the phone, but it's not illegal. If there are policies at the school for cell phones, she shouldn't have broken the rules. Privacy is not a right, it's a privilege. If you want to act like an adult and send adult-like photos, then be prepared to face the adult consequences.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#3 May 26, 2010
I'll bet the principal whacked off before he turned over the phone to the cops.

She's being identified by the initials NN. I suppose that could stand for Nice Nockers.
karen

United States

#4 May 26, 2010
i think the school has every right to take the phone away.she was on school property she should not have had a cll phone in class. this is why my children do not have a cell phones and do not need a cell phone because of improper uses.

Since: Dec 09

United States

#5 May 26, 2010
She will win, costing the school district loads of money, and raising the cost of education for all. Who's the teacher now?
Word of advice, girlie: If you don't have naked pictures of yourself on your phone, nobody can circulate them. I'm shocked the parents are supporting this lawsuit.
Jaclynn

Sharon, PA

#6 May 26, 2010
Absolutley this principle had every right to search her phone. Most schools have postings stating that upon entering the building all materials are subject to search. Searching the phone would be included in that clause. This is no different than searching a locker or a book bag.
Melinda

Cleveland, OH

#7 May 26, 2010
This girl basically participated in child pornography. She shouldn't have been taking nuse photos of herself in the first place! Maybe now she's learned her lesson. She needs to have some respect for herself. Let's say the school hadn't confiscated her phone and turned it over to the prosecutor- she said she planned on giving them to her boyfriend. Then she and this boyfriend break up. He still has the photos and decides to post them on the internet for all to see. Then what?
This girl is pathetic. Sounds to me like she doesn't want to have to work her way through college, so she's going to sue someone for taking her phone from her when she was not allowed to have it in school.
Boohoo *rolls eyes*... That girl can go cry a river to whoever she wants. The fact still remains that she broke the law by taking nude photos of herself and broke the rules in school by using her phone when she wasn't supposed to. These teen girls today need to be taught that "sexting" is against the law if you're a minor.
I wonder what he parents had to say about all of this.
Melinda

Cleveland, OH

#8 May 26, 2010
And I'm sorry about all the typing errors. Just woke up! LOL
frank from Parma

Wickliffe, OH

#9 May 26, 2010
I think only the parents have the right to go thru the phone! i have a 12 yr old Daughter and i check her phone twice a Month.
Brian

Westlake, OH

#10 May 26, 2010
Collect all phones at the beginning of school and pick them up at the end of the day or leave them at home. I can not think of one good reason they need the phone during school hours.
Szqz

AOL

#11 May 26, 2010
Shouldnt have this cell phone issue be equivilant to locker and or purse searches when we went to school way back when? Any time there is suspicion that behaviour or belongings may be harmful to ANYONE in that school building it should be open to viewing or scrutiny. Like an earlier viewer alluded to; just when do you draw the line anymore? Will we have to allow guns and or knives brought to school because the educators are not allowed to search??
Josie

Lancaster, OH

#12 May 26, 2010
I believe the school does have the right to check the MESSAGES on the phone to check if the student is cheating but looking at the pictures on the phone is a complete invasion of privacy. I am a college student and as a study habit I take pictures of my notes all the time so they are on the go with me. Honestly pictures of notes on her phone does not matter; there is an inbox and outbox history automatically saved on the phone and THAT should be the extent of the school's search.
Josie

Lancaster, OH

#13 May 26, 2010
Melinda wrote:
This girl basically participated in child pornography. She shouldn't have been taking nuse photos of herself in the first place! Maybe now she's learned her lesson. She needs to have some respect for herself. Let's say the school hadn't confiscated her phone and turned it over to the prosecutor- she said she planned on giving them to her boyfriend. Then she and this boyfriend break up. He still has the photos and decides to post them on the internet for all to see. Then what?
This girl is pathetic. Sounds to me like she doesn't want to have to work her way through college, so she's going to sue someone for taking her phone from her when she was not allowed to have it in school.
Boohoo *rolls eyes*... That girl can go cry a river to whoever she wants. The fact still remains that she broke the law by taking nude photos of herself and broke the rules in school by using her phone when she wasn't supposed to. These teen girls today need to be taught that "sexting" is against the law if you're a minor.
I wonder what he parents had to say about all of this.
if you had listened, the girl is 19 now and was most likely 18 at the time. as far as i can tell she is a legal adult as seen by the government itself! and if they had checked the messages as well as the pictures she obviously hadn't sent the pictures of herself out there, at least not recently, and the school has no case. i think you need to listen to yourself before you post.
wolf

Cleveland, OH

#14 May 26, 2010
phones should not be allowed in school. its a distracton your there to learn. if parents need to get a hold of you then they can call the office like they used to.
florida

West Palm Beach, FL

#15 May 26, 2010
With this statement the only thing I can think of is Colombine if no cellphones where there how many student would have been killed. How about when the college student shot up the school.

I do agree there is a time and place to use them but to not have them is a crime.

In regard to the subject who are we to judge because we have half a story here.

1. Why did he/she ask for her phone?
2. If she was using it why look through it after you take it?
3. This is illegal search and ceasure because of my first 2 questions.

If I am in school and reading a book that is not appropriate and the teacher does not know this but takes it from me and then and only then does he/she see what it is fine. But with a cellphone you have to open each app to view and this was done which is not right not in any way shape or form.
Brian wrote:
Collect all phones at the beginning of school and pick them up at the end of the day or leave them at home. I can not think of one good reason they need the phone during school hours.

“Perfect? NO. Forgiven? YES!”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#16 May 26, 2010
Bet her parents are sooooo proud of her. Cell phones have no place in the school. Time to get them all out of school.
Brandy

Youngstown, OH

#17 May 26, 2010
No she shouldn't have had her phone in school but really to go through what was in it that's crap, unless she was sending threats or something to other students. Using it during school hours is not allowed and I am all for that but just take it from her, there was no need to go through it! I also have a question for Tiffany from Kent since when is privacy not a right? So anyone has the right to go through anything of yours they want and they are just taking away your privilege to privacy? Do we have ANY rights? Hope everyone has a wonderful day! Hopefully I still have the right to do that!**(wishing everyone had a good day)

Since: May 10

Cleveland, OH

#18 May 26, 2010
I'm lawyer but I believe as long as the girls doesn't distribute the pics there's no crime, however it is against school policy to posses nude pics so the phone should have been taken away and given to parents not prosecutors.

Since: May 10

Cleveland, OH

#19 May 26, 2010
Oops, I meant to say that I'm NO lawyer
avery

Greensboro, NC

#20 May 26, 2010
this is crazy.

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