Online Freedom of Speech April 29, 2007Posted by marvinx in Politics, School.
I’m doing a project for my government class on internet freedom of speech, and ran across this article. Some of you may find it interesting:
In a decision with repercussions for the burgeoning number of Facebook-ing and MySpace-ing teens, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled this week that high school students’ free speech is protected by both the U.S. and Indiana State Constitution, even if the students’ words are expletive-ridden or against school policy.
This is, of course, not at all a guarantee that anything can be posted online. There have been other cases where this sort of thing was ruled as being libel. Also, in this case, the sudent’s comments (while obscene) were not exactly libelous. But still, it is interesting that such comments could be ruled as political expression and be protected under the first amendment, especially coming from a high-school student.