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Do 3rd Circuit Rulings Over Student Speech on MySpace Pages Contradict?
Lawyers were scratching their heads Thursday over seemingly conflicting rulings by the 3rd Circuit in a pair of closely watched student-speech cases involving high school students suspended for creating fake MySpace pages on their home computers to ridicule their principals. Although the cases appeared to raise nearly identical legal questions about the limits on a school's power to discipline students for off-campus speech, the court sided with the student in one case and with the school in the other case.
February 05, 2010 at 12:00 AM
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By Shannon P. Duffy |
Updated on February 05, 2010
The original version of this story was published on Law.Com
Lawyers were scratching their heads on Thursday over a federal appellate court’s seemingly conflicting rulings in a pair of closely watched student-speech cases that both involve high school students who were suspended for creating fake MySpace pages on their home computers to ridicule their principals.
Although the cases appeared at first glance to raise nearly identical legal questions about the limits on a school’s power to discipline students for off-campus speech, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the student in Layshock v. Hermitage School District and with the school in J.S. v. Blue Mountain School District.
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