The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case that would have set precedent for student speech freedoms on social media.
First Amendment organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a Minnesota community-college student kicked out of school over a dispute with a classmate on Facebook.
A case that began with a series of Facebook posts and reached a court ruling that challenged First Amendment protections for students on social media is now making its way to the Supreme Court.
In December 2012, former nursing student Craig Keefe was expelled from Central Lakes College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program for Facebook posts he made, including one in which he described a classmate as a "stupid bitch." The Facebook posts were made on Keefe’s personal account, but were reported to an instructor by two students in November 2012 after they were made uncomfortable by some of the language in them.
A federal court has dismissed a suit from a former student at Central Lakes College, who sued college administrators for expelling him from a nursing program over remarks on his personal Facebook page.
Central Lakes College employees named in a former nursing student’s lawsuit have asked the court to dismiss some of the claims in a lawsuit that challenges the student’s expulsion over Facebook posts.