Monday, February 9, 2009

School Legal: Student suspended for cyberbullying of teacher

An interesting case involving a student and teacher is unfolding in the Broward County School District in Florida. A student rant aimed at her english teacher on Facebook lands her on suspension with the threat of a blemished school record.

"You can express an opinion on whether someone is a good teacher," said Pamela Brown, assistant director for the Broward County School District, who oversees expulsions. "But when you start inviting people to say that they hate a teacher, that crosses the line."

Howard Simon, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said he was appalled by the school's position and the rant is protected by "free speech rights."

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