The explosion of social media and technology has opened doors to new outlets of communication. This has presented school administrators – and judges – with major questions about how First Amendment protections online may differ from those in person.
When making its ruling in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, the Supreme Court stated in it’s opinion that it “need not now decide whether the same degree of deference is appropriate with respect to school-sponsored expressive activities at the college and university level.” The need to decide may not be far off.
Less than a month after the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the right to make false claims, North Carolina has made it illegal for students to make fake social media profiles mocking school administrators.
School administrators and local police are investigating a Twitter account they say was created by several students and recent graduates of Worthington High School to gossip about classmates.
On the last day of its session, the Delaware legislature passed a bill which prohibits both public and private colleges and universities from requiring students to hand over their social media passwords.
Florida Atlantic University will lose its second student media director in two years on June 18.Michael Gaede has served as FAU’s student media director since September.
A bill pending in the New York legislature would require website administrators, upon request of any viewer, to remove anonymous posts from a commenter who will not confirm their full name and home address.
TheACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit against Fort Wayne Community Schools on May 18over an “I (Heart) Boobies” breast cancer awareness bracelet.
After a year and a half of collaborating and drafting, “Harassment, Bullying and Free Expression,” a set of guidelines geared toward free and safe public schools, were released at a press conference Tuesday.The guide distinguishes between free speech and harassment.
WaynesvilleHigh School junior Maverick Couch will now be allowed to wear his “Jesus is Nota Homophobe” T-shirt to school whenever he chooses, following a settlement formalized Monday in federal court.