Schools Should Regulate Students For Off-Campus Behavior

According to the article “A Cheerleader’s Vulgar Message Prompts a First Amendment Showdown,” by Adam Liptak. “A ninth-grade student from Pennsylvania” (1), proceeded to go on social media to convey her frustrations. That message would include an image along with vulgar language. “The school suspended the student from cheerleading” (1), the student would later sue the school district on the half of the violation of the first amendment. Since the student’s post did not claim to hurt people, show signs of bullying, cyberbullying, or racist threats. Then, punishing the student is not necessary. The student would win the case because the First Amendment protected her post moreover it “did not disrupt school activities” (3). Though the student could have handled the situation differently, Alternatively, she could have not posted vulgar images and messages to hundreds of people on social media. Instead, she could have ranted with people she knew personally like family or friends.


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