The student alleges a violation of her constitutional rights, in a civil suit filed last week that could serve as a cautionary tale to other officials considering punishing students over risque self-portraits.
The complaint alleges that officials had no probable cause to seize and search her phone, and violated her privacy and her right to free expression by punishing her for storing nude and semi-nude photos of herself on her phone.
The plaintiff, now 19 years old, was a student at Tunkhannock Area High School in January 2009 when school officials, who discovered that male students had been trading photos of female students showing them in various states of undress, confiscated and searched the phones of her and several other students. Officials then turned the phones over to the district attorney’s office, which began a criminal investigation. Full story...