(MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE) Riley Stratton remembers all too well the day Minnewaska school officials brought her into a room, with a police officer present, and demanded she cough up access to her Facebook account.

“I was in tears,” the 15-year-old said Tuesday. “I was embarrassed when they made me give over my password.”

In this latest free-speech legal clash between schools and students over murky rules governing social media privacy, Minnewaska Area Schools agreed to pay $70,000 in damages and rewrite its policies to limit how intrusive the school can be when searching a student’s e-mails and social media accounts created off school grounds.

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