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Do not fuck with my free speech
School District to Monitor Student Blogs
Tue May 23, 9:42 AM ET
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. - High school students are going to be held accountable for what they post on blogs and on social-networking Web sites such as MySpace.com.
The board of Community High School District 128 voted unanimously on Monday to require that all students participating in extracurricular activities sign a pledge agreeing that evidence of "illegal or inappropriate" behavior posted on the Internet could be grounds for disciplinary action.
The rule will take effect at the start of the next school year, officials said.
District officials won't regularly search students' sites, but will monitor them if they get a worrisome tip from another student, a parent or a community member.
Associate Superintendent Prentiss Lea rebuffed that criticism.
"The concept that searching a blog site is an invasion of privacy is almost an oxymoron," he said. "It is called the World Wide Web."
When the ACLU has Ms.Lea in a deposition,and she will wind up in one, she can then have it explained to her that private conduct off school grounds is not subject to school discipline and students cannot sign away their rights to free speech and free expression as a condition for extracurricular activity. Drug tests were permitted on safety grounds.
The Student Press Law Center has a collection of cases where the school district tries to punish students for off campus expression.The average judgement is in the mid-five figures. Some judgements have been higher,when the kids have been denied the right to attent graduation or other punishment.
In one case, a student had a negative recommendation sent to colleges because of his online postings. He won a significant judgement against the school as well as an apology.
The problem is that the school is not in the position to punish people for "inapprorpiate" comments on an off school property owned by the student. They are in the position to be sued and pay them a five figure judgment, however,pledge or no pledge.
Invasion of privacy is not the issue, free speech is.
posted by Steve @ 1:22:00 AM