District Court rules against Echo

Video footage classified as educational data


Excerpt from the court's opinion.

Dani Orloff

After motioning for summary judgement July 7, the Fourth Judicial District Court for Hennepin County ruled against Echo Oct. 7, stating the video footage requested from the alleged hijab incident Nov. 14 is nonpublic educational data.

“The video is about individual persons, maintained by the school, and related to students. Moreover, the Minnesota and Federal public policies for protecting children support the finding that this video is kept private and not made an exception to the education records rule. While the student committed a heinous and xenophobic act, the Court will not be tempted to right the wrong committed by that student by wrongly allowing access to this nonpublic footage,” the court’s opinion stated.

The lawsuit was filed by Echo against the St. Louis Park school district Jan. 18.