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  •  Next stop, blog, myspace and facebook (9+ / 0-)

    That's the slippery slope here, he wasn't on school grounds, he was across the street. So if they can decide student's free speech off school grounds, what is to stop them from enforcing this in the digital domain?

    And as for not being political, that's utter bullshit, Bong hits for Jesus? That's political as political does, to bad the old fucks don't get it. Maybe if they had done Bong hits for the Pope, the 5 sitting Catholics in the SCOTUS might have better understood the message.

    -4.63 -5.28 - Ghandi & I's score!

    by pinche tejano on Mon Jun 25, 2007 at 09:58:36 AM PDT

    •  if school affiliation is listed on Facebook (4+ / 0-)

      does this give the school the right to censor the content?

      Good point.

      If you are interested in the politics of Proviso Township in Cook County, Illinois, visit Proviso Probe.

      by Carl Nyberg on Mon Jun 25, 2007 at 10:03:35 AM PDT

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    •  Well... (0+ / 0-)

      ...technically, it was a "field trip" across the street. Wrote the Court:

      Petitioner Deborah Morse, the school principal, decided to permit staff and students to participate in the Torch Relay as an approved social event or class trip. App. 22–23. Students were allowed to leave class to observe the relay from either side of the street. Teachers and administrative officials monitored the students’ actions.

         Respondent Joseph Frederick, a JDHS senior, was late to school that day. When he arrived, he joined his friends (all but one of whom were JDHS students) across the street from the school to watch the event. Not all the students waited patiently. Some became rambunctious, throwing plastic cola bottles and snowballs and scuffling with their classmates. As the torchbearers and camera crews passed by, Frederick and his friends unfurled a 14-foot banner bearing the phrase: "BONG HiTS 4 JESUS." App. to Pet. for Cert. 70a. The large banner was easily readable by the students on the other side of the street.

         Principal Morse immediately crossed the street and demanded that the banner be taken down. Everyone but Frederick complied. Morse confiscated the banner and told Frederick to report to her office, where she suspended him for 10 days. Morse later explained that she told Frederick to take the banner down because she thought it encouraged illegal drug use, in violation of established school policy.

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