Judge Rules Students Can Be Suspended for Fake MySpace Pages
As social networking has become more prevalent in middle and high schools around the country, school authorities have been seeking some sort of definitive ruling on whether or not they have the right to police students on the Internet. As Witold Walczak of the ACLU tells the Washington Post, "The law was unclear and now it's in a state of chaos." To make matters worse, a case of this nature hasn't yet reached the Supreme Court, so lower courts are forced to use older high court rulings on the boundaries of school jurisdiction as their only legal compass.
The sole difference separating the two cases was that one school was able to "prove" that a student's online parody posed an imminent threat to school stability, while the other wasn't. Clearly, though, the divergent court rulings on both cases shows that the legal definition of "disruption" isn't uniform. Until a case like this reaches the Supreme Court, though, schools and students alike will have to tread carefully as lower courts feel their way through the untrodden territory of digital jurisdiction. [From: Huffington Post and The Washington Post]