Schools Punishing Kids for What They Say Online
Students' First Amendment rights do not end at the schoolhouse gate, and the ability of authorities to punish them for behavior that occurs offsite is even more nebulous. Court involvement may be necessary to restore the balance between student rights and administrative perogative, but best practice guidelines are also needed. Moreover, parents and educators alike need to teach students about the dangers lurking in the online universe, not to mention legal issues like obscenity and libel. We do students a great injustice when we cut them off from an outside world they will soon inhibit. Responsible, not restricted, internet access should stand as our societal goal.