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In Brazil, A 13-Year-Old's Facebook School Diary Earns A Visit From The Cops

UOL (Brazil), BBC

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FLORIANOPOLIS - It all started when Brazilian student Isadora Faber, 13, decided to do her homework a bit differently. She exchanged paper and pencil for a Facebook page, where she began complaining about the conditions of her school.

It didn't take long for "Diario de Classe: A Verdade" ("School Diary: The Truth) to reach 280,000 followers, reports Brazilian news portal UOL. Photos published on her Facebook page showed several infrastructure problems, such as broken facilities and a sports court lacking ceiling.

The BBC had reported earlier this month how Faber was inspired by an even younger Scottish blogger, 9-year-old Martha Payne, to take the case of her unfit school to the Internet. 

But now the feel-good story of youthful online activism has reached the police. Isadora was reported by her language arts teacher, who accused her of publicizing problems that went on inside the classroom on Facebook, UOL. Several users made aggressive comments against the teacher, based on Isadora's complaint of bullying and humiliation.

Isadora, who lives in the southern Brazilian city of Florianopolis, went to the police office for the first time in her life to give her statement on the case. “I was treated gently by everybody there”, she wrote on her page.

 

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