Two cases regarding student online speech were argued before the full Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today after two three-judge panels of the Third Circuit handed down conflicting opinions last February.
The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Pennsylvania ordered April 9 that the seemingly conflicting rulings in two student online speech cases be vacated and heard by the full court in June.
Cases: Layshock v.
Two three-judge panels of the United States Court ofAppeals for the Third Circuit handed down conflicting opinions today regardingstudent on-line speech: One protected a student's right to speak freelyoff-campus, the other permitted a school to punish students for doing so.
PENNSYLVANIA -- A school district violated the First Amendment by suspending a student who created a satirical profile of his principal on MySpace.com, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled July 10.