student speech

Case of Student Rapper Deserves Close Examination

Taylor ‘T-Bizzle’ Bell

The case of a former high school student from Mississippi punished for a rap song he created off-campus and posted online has the potential to be the most significant K-12 student speech case in several years.
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Survey Shows Support for Students’ Off-Campus, Online Speech

State of the First Amendment 2015

The most pressing question in student speech (K-12) law is “When are school officials allowed to exert authority over students for off-campus, online speech?”
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Christopher Eckhardt left his mark as student-speech litigant

Christopher Eckhardt left a lasting legacy in First Amendment law as one of the three student litigants who prevailed in their landmark 1969 free-speech battle before the U.S. Supreme Court
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Student litigants reflect on Tinker case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Kids do better when their rights are respected,” Mary Beth Tinker told an audience of students, educators, scholars and others at a student-speech symposium at the University
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Federal ruling goes against student punished for rap song

Taylor ‘T-Bizzle’ Bell

Public school officials in Fulton, Miss., did not violate the First Amendment free-speech rights of a former student when they suspended him for his rap song containing vulgar language about two athletic coaches, a federal district court has ruled.
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Justices leave questions on online student speech unanswered

In refusing to take two cases today, the U.S. Supreme Court leaves many unanswered questions in the digital-age issue involving students who were punished for their off-campus, online postings.
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Schools ask high court review of 2 student online-speech cases

School officials in Pennsylvania have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review a pair of 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decisions saying schools violated the First Amendment rights of
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Off-campus online student speech case is appealed to high court

Another student online speech case has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, perhaps increasing the likelihood that the high court will clarify how far the arm of school authority
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Why 3rd Circuit ruled in favor of students’ off-campus Net posts

The much-anticipated rulings from the full 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have interpreted a key U.S. Supreme Court precedent as inapplicable to lewd, vulgar student Internet speech made off
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School officials should remember lessons of Tinker

Forty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that public school officials could not punish students for expression that didn’t cause a substantial disruption or material interference with school activities.
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