Principal Sued Individually for Chilling Student’s 1st Amendment Rights

Pembroke Pines, FL. In Katherine Evans v. Peter Bayer, US District Court for the Southern District of FL (2008), Magistrate Judge Barry Garber ruled against Peter Bayer’s, Principal of Pembroke Pines Charter High School, motion to dismiss the case against him individually for suspending Katherine Evans, a senior, who set up a Facebook page to complain about her teacher. Magistrate Garber agreed that Evans’ First Amendment rights were chilled and Bayer had personal exposure to suit. Read the complaint here.