Four California high school students are suing the Bay Area school district after were suspended for "liking" and commenting on Instagram posts with a black student and coach with nooses around their necks.
The Albany High School students are accusing the district of abusing their disciplinary authority because the posts were on a private account with no ties to the school.
One of the attorneys for the students, Alan Beck agrees with the suit accusations.
“This to me is no different than having a private drawing book and making some offensive drawings at home and sharing them with a couple of my friends...does the school have the right to ruin my life over something I was doing at my house?”
The suit is seeking unspecified damages and a court order to remove the suspensions from the students' records.
Albany Unified School District Superintendent Valerie Williams says they have seen the lawsuit and will respond.
“The district takes great care to ensure that our students feel safe at school, and we are committed to providing an inclusive and respectful learning environment for all of our students.”