Can Schools Discipline Students for Online Speech?


1st Amendment 2.0

Students are living online. With Web 2.0, they don't just read online content, they create online content and share it with the world.

A new fault line is forming in student-teacher-administrator communications. This raises new challenges for the parents of school children.

What are parents to make of 1st Amendment guarantees under Web 2.0, now that students have the ability to create and publish less-than-true online stories about school personnel and friends?

This Education "Nugget" is part of a school law series written for parents. The series is written by Melva Radtke, an Education Law attorney and former English Teacher. Melva has served as an education policy researcher, school board chair and truancy prosecutor. More importantly, she is the mother of three amazing young adults.

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