Jackie Wernz

Jackie Wernz

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Another Circuit Court Recognizes Schools’ Right to Discipline Students for Off Campus, Online Misconduct

In a recent case, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit joined four other circuits in recognizing the right of school districts to discipline students for at least some off-campus, online speech if the speech reasonably...more

8/27/2015 - Appeals Disciplinary Proceedings Educational Institutions Facebook Online Platforms School Districts Social Media Social Networks YouTube

Crying Over (Virtual) Spilled Milk: ACLU Sues School District For Firing Employee Who Posted Vegan Beliefs Online

A recent lawsuit out of Ohio brings a local flare to what has otherwise become a relatively common story. We’ve all heard of teachers being disciplined or dismissed for posting something thoughtless online that led to...more

3/25/2015 - ACLU Employer Liability Issues Facebook First Amendment Hiring & Firing Public Schools Social Networks Teachers

New Jersey District Dismisses Teacher Who Called Students “Future Criminals” On Facebook

Earlier this month, a New Jersey appellate court affirmed the dismissal of a tenured teacher for comments she made about her students on Facebook. Good summaries of the case, In re O’Brien, can be found through the National...more

1/22/2013 - Facebook First Amendment Free Speech Hiring & Firing Teachers Termination

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