Students face legal battles over freedom of Internet speech

10/8/2009 | MSNBC

With social-networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook making unfavorable speech more public and searchable, students' rights to comment negatively about their teachers and schools are increasingly the subject of litigation between students and the schools that attempt to punish them. Although legal precedents were set by the U.S. Supreme Court to protect students' First Amendment rights to speech and expression, some judges today do not believe the protection applies to the complexities of Internet speech.

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