I am sure most people are enjoying their spring breaks, but with my vacay not starting until tomorrow I was reading over the local news and found a story regarding a boy in Oak Forest who made a facebook group expressing his negative feelings on a teacher for other students to join and post on. No posts were made, but the group did receive 50 fans. On February 14th the student deleted the page only to be called into the principals office on February 15th and was suspended for five days. The student was on high-honors and has never had any disciplinary issues in the past, but this will now appear on his records.
For me, this is getting way too close, if not crossing the line of Freedom of Speech by the student. Do you think that the student has the right to express his views via Facebook or that this is something that could be grounds for lible or defamation of the teacher?
Another major issue with this case is the growing trend of schools extending their reach of discipline to the students at home. Since this was done out of school and not on school grounds whatsoever, does the school even have the grounds to be addressing this activity? Do you think Facebook can be used as grounds for discipline in school-related scenarios? What is the major difference between this and a teacher posting a status that refers to their students in a negative light? Should that be something that a school/university has the right to monitor?