School districts chafing at cyberbullying liability should have heeded the “Spider-Man Rule”

The U.S. Department of Education's broadside warning that school districts may violate federal civil-rights law if they fail to prevent "cyberbullying" is provoking some pushback from the nation's school districts.The chief legal counsel for the National School Boards Association, Francisco Negron, told the DOE earlier this month that the Department's recent reinterpretation of the Title IX of the Civil Rights Act dangerously lowers the threshold for holding schools liable for student-on-student harassment.In a Dec.

‘I ? Boobies’ dispute may clarify schools’ ability to police ‘lewd’ speech

The future of students' ability to express themselves on the grounds of public schools is dangling from a $3.99 rubber bracelet.A federal court heard testimony Thursday in a First Amendment lawsuit brought by two Pennsylvania middle school students disciplined for refusing to remove breast-cancer awareness bracelets bearing what their administrators considered a "lewd" message: " I ? Boobies!