Understanding students' freedom of speech in the digital age

09/17/2012 | Wall Street Journal, The

A growing number of states are policing students' online behavior, including in North Carolina, where students can be convicted of misdemeanors for posting comments online that "intimidate or torment" teachers and other school employees. Supporters say the law -- apparently the first to focus on students who cyberbully teachers -- is intended to curb cyberbullying by regulating students' behavior on and off campus. Some observers, however, say the issue raises questions about students' freedom of speech and suggest the issue could end up before the Supreme Court.

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