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Calling Principal "Douchebag" on Blog — Freedom of Speech?

Calling Principal "Douchebag" on Blog — Freedom of Speech?

School officials banned a high school student from running for student government, because she used vulgar language to criticize school officials on her blog. The student wrote: "Jamfest is canceled due to the douchebags in the central office."

The student sued the school in federal court for violating her First Amendment rights. She is now appealing the lower court decision that sided with the school. The US Supreme Court has ruled previously that schools can regulate speech that interferes with schoolwork or discipline, or that is vulgar and lewd. But all the cases have involved speech that occurred on campus or at school events. The lower court ruled that because she addressed school issues, and could expect that students would read it, her punishment was legal.

Should a student be able to call school administrators douchebags on her blog, and run for student government?


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