A former Pembroke Pines, Fla., Charter High School student filed a federal lawsuit on Dec. 8 against the school’s principal, alleging that he violated her first-amendment rights by suspending her for creating a Facebook page that criticized one of her teachers, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Katherine Evans called her Advanced Placement English teacher "the worst teacher I’ve ever met!" on a page she created on the popular social-networking site in November 2007 when she was a senior in high school, said the suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. Evans asked classmates to "express your feelings of hatred" by posting comments on the page, the suit said. Instead, three students criticized Evans for creating the page, and she took it down two days later. According to the lawsuit, when Principal Peter Bayer learned of the online missive, he suspended Evans for three days, calling the web page cyber-bullying harassment toward a staff member and disruptive behavior. The school pulled Evans from her AP classes and forced her into "lesser-weighted honors classes … [and the school] unjustifiably besmirched Plantiff’s academic record," the lawsuit claims. The suit seeks to have the suspension removed from Evans’ permanent record…

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