Court – ‘Myspace OK’

By Jared Kraham | The Warrior Report

In Indianapolis, a teenage girl has gotten the attention of some judges. She fought the law, and she won. According to the AP story (link here) :

“A judge violated a juvenile’s free-speech rights when he placed her on probation for posting an expletive-laden entry on MySpace criticizing a school principal, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.”

This comes to the delight of teenagers, but the dismay of school officials. According to this three-judge panel, it’s against a student’s free-speech rights for school administration to take disciplinary action against them for posting information on the web.

On a fake Myspace page for Middle School Principal Shawn Gobert, a female student (who did not create the page) made derogatory postings about the school’s body piercing policy. She was originally put on nine months probation.

To Chenango Valley students, this court case doesn’t really mean anything. Currently, CV school officials have little knowledge about the Myspace world, and trying to police it would be almost impossible. Their time cannot be wasted trying to control the web while they have problems to solve inside of school, which is an excellent point made by one administrator.

What this court case does do is back up student’s rights across the board, and websites like The Warrior Report which utilize the free speech of students to create an informative and interesting web experience (now apparently far from the reach of school administration…so far).

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