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Everett student tells of school official reading her Facebook account

EVERETT — One local middle school student says she’s not being bullied by her classmates but by her school’s assistant principal. Now the ACLU is stepping in.

“Honestly I feel like, I feel like it was my fault. And I feel like I was used and kind of harassed because he made me feel kind of bad,” student Samantha Negretti said Friday.

The middle-schooler and her parents say the Everett School District violated her privacy and civil rights after an administrator made her log into her Facebook account at school so he could search for a suspected cyber-bully.

“He was like looking through all of my friend`s profiles and stuff and viewing what they said and making mean remarks to their posts and things,” Samantha said.

negrettiDistrict officials wouldn’t talk on camera, but said that when it comes to student safety, they have broader authority to investigate than even police do

But the Washington chapter of the ACLU isn`t buying it.

The ACLU’s Linda Mangel said, “Schools shouldn`t investigate alleged bullying by starting with a student who was not involved in the incident and trolling through her private Facebook account.  The school`s conduct violated the rights of this student.”

Negretti`s parents were stunned to hear the district tried to keep the issue quiet. Samantha recounted the event to her stepfather, Kevin McCollum.

Referring to the assistant principal, McCollum said Samantha told him, “He even stated, ‘We`ll cross out your name so nobody has to know that you gave me the information and I`d prefer you not tell anybody.’ It`s the way it was handled, the parents needed to be contacted.”

Now Samantha`s parents want the district to better train their staff, so something like this never happens again.

The district moved the administrator to another facility until the investigation is complete.

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10 Comments to “Everett student tells of school official reading her Facebook account”

    WKTB said:
    March 9, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    move him? suspend him till the investigation is complete he has NO business overseeing/ being around Minor children, if he has done as accused then Fire the Jerk and ban him from ever working near/ supervising any minor children for Life!

      dale said:
      March 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      AMEN!!!

    Donald said:
    March 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    He had no right asking her to have her log into her Facebook account. However, if it was necessary to capture a bully then it should of been done by asking her parents and doing this in front of her parents. I agree that the principal should be investigated and suspended pending a State Education investigation of his/her actions.

    holdeninwa said:
    March 9, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    #UNCONSTITUTIONAL + #bullying a #hatecrime. Nice for #ACLU but #FBI & #Department of #Justice need to #step forward.

    Guest said:
    March 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Schools are places that students go for the purpose of learning.
    They should not be allowed to bring cell phones or use school equipment for any purpose other than school related activities.
    It should be a violation of school policy to use school equipment for personal business, this kind of activity should be done away from school and under the supervision of parents not strangers.
    Much like it is in the real working world of adults which they will one day enter into hopefully. Personal business is not allowed on the job and being a student is a full time job.
    Parents need to grow up and realize their child's personal activities are the parent’s responsibility not teachers or administrators.
    There is never a time when it is necessary for a child at school to have access to cell phones or internet social programs.
    All communication necessary between child and parent has always been possible through the school office staff if necessary.
    Parents today think they are being good to their child by catering to their whining desire to have everything they think everyone else gets.
    As long as the whining stops the parent is happy instead of having to be responsible themselves they can just hand them a freedom pacifier and parents get to be left alone.
    Pathetic parenting, it will always yield the same losing results.

    Ernie said:
    March 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Maybe you have sources of information that are outside this article, but I see nowhere in it that she had electronics at school, only that a wannabe tyrant of a school administrator forced her to divulge her log-on credentials so he could access her private account. I'd lay odds if someone did it to him, he'd be screaming behind the union about his privacy violated and he wants umpteen million dollars due to said breach. Mho, he should be fired, if it actually went down as the article said and blacklisted from -any- public employment. We need no wannabe "gods".

    Chuck said:
    March 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I saw this same story on another news channel a few days ago. I was curious as to when this all took place. The piece showed her profile that stated she “worked at victoria secret” and attended ” university of washington”. So, either this happened a long time ago and I wonder why it’s just now being brought to light, or it brings up more questions about her and her parents that there is misinformation on the profile in question.

    North said:
    March 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    My school :D

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