Frequent Slashdot Contributor Bennett Haselton
"A federal judge has
that a school district didn't violate a student's free speech
rights when it suspended her for a parody MySpace page she created calling her principal
a sex addict who "hits on students". In the ruling, Judge James M. Munley made the curious argument that if the
case involves a student publishing lewd and offensive speech outside of school on their
own time, then the proper precedent-setting cases to look to, are cases involving students
making offensive statements in school during school hours, not cases involving students
making less-offensive statements outside of school on their own time. In other words,
if you can't find prior caselaw where all of the factors are the same, then
the lewd-speech issue is more significant than the issue of whether the speech was made
in or out of school."
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