Saturday, April 21, 2018
Education

Pinellas student cleared of cyber bullying

The alleged bad karma cyber bully has been cleared, according to her attorney.

The Pinellas County School District has rescinded a three-day suspension against Allie Scott, a 16-year-old at Osceola Fundamental High School accused of making threatening comments on Facebook, said her attorney, John Trevena. And authorities have dropped a misdemeanor charge of stalking, he said.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office confirmed it closed the case and classified it as "noncriminal" on Wednesday. Spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said she could not give more details; the full report wasn't available Thursday night.

"After the case was further reviewed, it was closed," she said.

School Board attorney Jim Robinson wrote in an email that he could not discuss details because of laws regarding student confidentiality.

But, he also wrote, "This case has been amicably resolved."

Allie was suspended in November after a feud escalated with another Osceola student.

She parked in the other girl's spot. Somebody keyed her car. Then Allie went home and, without naming names, wrote comments on her Facebook page, including one that said, "oh so you keyed my car? well your karmas gonna be a wholeee lot worse than that."

Allie said the school resource officer — a sheriff's deputy — called her out of class the next day and told her he was going to make an example out of her. The discipline referral said, "Student posted harrassing comments on Facebook, threatening that the other student doesn't know what is coming for her."

Trevena said the district has also agreed to let Allie make up a test and other classwork she said she missed because of the suspension. He said there would be no further legal action.

"It's done," he said.

He said Allie could have sued the district for violating her constitutional rights to free speech. But her goal was to make sure that nothing "unfounded" marred her record.

It's still not clear what additional actions on Allie's part, if any, led the district and Sheriff's Office to discipline and charge her.

Ron Matus can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8873.

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