Tuesday, August 04, 2020

3rd Circuit defends public school students' off-campus speech in Pennsylvania

Sofia Cope has an important story on Electronic Frontier Foundation, “In Historic Opinion, Third Circuit Protects Public School Students’ Off-Campus Speech”.  The Third Circuit is in Philadelphia (where the COPA trial was held in 2006).

The case was BL v. Mahanoy School District (40 miles south of Wilkes-Barre). Here is the Opinion text
A student who had not made the cheerleading team shared some nasty stuff about the school on Snapchat, which is ephemeral.  Nevertheless, she was disciplined over the possibility her off-campus speech could create disruption at school.
The case is structurally a little bit similar to a situation that happened in the fall of 2005 when I worked as a substitute teacher (explained July 27, 2007). That incident is actually a backstory in a screenplay I will try to peddle. I am beginning to think there was actual misconduct by someone else (another teacher). 

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