Teen Sues over High School Facebook Suspension
A student was suspended for posting negative comments about a teacher on her Facebook page. The teacher found out, and the student was suspended. Now, after graduating, the student is suing the principal to get the suspension removed from her record.
How did the school even find out about the Facebook discussion?
That aside, why did the teacher in question care? Surely she realizes that students bag on their teachers as a matter of course.
The principal of Pembroke Pines Charter High School, Peter Bayer, didn't think much of her thoughts. He suspended her for "bullying and cyber bullying harassment towards a staff member.''
So, now that she is all grown up and in college, Katherine has decided to sue. With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. The lawsuit claims that Katherine's First Amendment Rights were violated. You know, the ones about "the free and unfettered exchange of ideas and opinions in the public arena."
The article above muses on the student's motivation for getting the suspension purged from her academic record, but I'm glad that she's doing this. Cyber-bullying is a real issue in schools these days, and cases like this just dilute the argument. What the student did was the equivalent of talking about someone behind that someone's back: not the same as bullying.