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New York Law School

Monday, February 14, 2011

California school district suspends student for insulting teacher on Facebook

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Source: International Business Times, 2/2/11, By Staff

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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While facebook users (even those who are high school students) should know better than to post negative comments that could implicate them, or call in sick, and then write 'shopping at Bloomie's' (been known to happen), suspending a student for negative comments against a teacher?

Fact remains is, there are inferior teachers (just like there are great ones)- or so I keep seeing on television ads attacking teacher tenure. Students should be able to say as much, just as complaining tax-payers do when they vote to make it easier to eliminate teacher protection, or strike down their benefits. Fortunately, the Magistrate Judge in Florida backed the student.

As far as the suspension of the student who made an ad-hominem attack regarding his teacher's pruported obesity- that is not to be condoned at all, but a suspension will not serve a constructive purpose. All the student will do is be away from school, sitting at home, posting on facebook that the principal or vice principal is a 'douchebag.'

Posted by: Sujan Vasavada | Feb 15, 2011 7:41:05 PM

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