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Remarks on Facebook get schoolgirl expelled

A 14-year-old girl has been forced to leave a junior high school in Hania, Crete, after it emerged that she had started a page on the Facebook social networking site to express dislike for her principal. The page, under the title «I hate the principal at Chrysopigi [high school]» had more than 100 members. The principal was notified about the page by one of the pupil’s parents. School officials decided it would be best for the girl to leave Chrysopigi and join another school. However, the Hania school inspector, Nikos Vestakis, disagreed with this move and said it was not necessary to expel the girl although the school had the right to. «I would have invited the pupil and her parents [to a meeting] and the matter would not have been put to the teachers’ association,» he said.