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Student's Rant on Facebook Deemed Legal Under First Amendment Rights

Student's Rant on FB Protected by First Amendment

We all know that the ability to hide behind a computer screen can bring out the worst in some people, but where do we draw the line between expressing your feelings about a particular person and cyberbullying? In 2007, a Florida high school student was suspended for "cyberbullying" because she created a Facebook page as a central place she and her fellow students could gripe about one of her teachers. Was she in the wrong? Not according to a federal magistrate, who recently ruled that she's protected by her first amendment rights to complain about her teachers online, since she was off school campus when she did so, and the posts were non-threatening in nature.

Do you agree? We've already seen federal court judges using Facebook status updates in cases, so what is keeping school officials from using a student's social network activity as a way to support evidence of misconduct?

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