School disciplines threatens expulsion for blog posts

We’re pretty sure that it’s protected by First Amendment rights to post whatever you wish on your blog as long as there are no threats involved. But apparently some people aren’t as well versed in First Amendment rights it seems since a Plainsfield School District is now threatening a 17 year old because of what he posted on his xanga site after school hours.

On a second post on May 2, without mentioning the school the student wrote: “I feel threatened by you, I cant even have a public Web page with out you bullying me and telling me what has to be removed. Where is this freedom of speech that this government is sworn to uphold? … Did you ever stop to think this will start a community backlash? The kids at Columbine did what the did because they were bullied. … In my opinion you are the real threat here. None of us ever put in our xanga’s that they were going to kill or bring harm to any one. We voiced our opinions. You are the real threat here. you are depriving us of our right to learn. now stick that in your pipe and smoke it.”

If there is anything that would worry the school district, we would imagine it would be the mention of Columbine. Regardless though, there is nothing there that defines threats to school or people and thus cannot result in disciplinary action. It’s strange how school districts have a lot of administrators that really don’t understand the stuff they teach. Oh well.
Via ChicagoSunTimes

  • GCS has done the same thing in the past here too, the issue comes whether a school computer was used to access or post the information, if it was then the student is liable to school prosecution, otherwise it is a criminal matter

  • GCS has done the same thing in the past here too, the issue comes whether a school computer was used to access or post the information, if it was then the student is liable to school prosecution, otherwise it is a criminal matter