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Student Speech Rights in the Digital Age

In Student Speech Rights in the Digital Age (SSRN) Mary-Rose Papandrea (Boston College Law School) takes a close look at all of the various justifications for limiting juvenile speech rights and concludes that none of them supports granting schools broad authority to limiting student speech in the digital media, even with respect to violent or harassing expression. She argues the tests that most courts and commentators have applied to determine whether student speech falls within a school's authority to act grant schools far too much authority to restrict juvenile speech rights in general. Papandrea's article concludes the primary approach that schools should take to most digital speech is not to punish or restrict such expression, but instead to educate their students about how to use digital media responsibly. [JH]

April 23, 2008 in Internet Law | Permalink

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