The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a DeSoto County School District student who was expelled after officials confiscated his cell phone and found what they described as "gang-related" images.
The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Greenville. The suit names the school district, an unnamed district employee, Southaven Middle School coaches John Stevenson and Kenneth Walker, police Sergeant Nicholas Kennedy and the city of Southaven.
The suit seeks unspecified damages and for the student's record to be expunged of all law enforcement, academic and disciplinary records related to the August 2008 incident.
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