Suspending Student for Violent IM OK, Court Says

The First Amendment was not violated by the suspension of a student who sent his instant-messaging buddies a violent image calling for the death of a teacher, even though the message was a joke, a federal appeals court ruled. The 2nd Circuit said the sending of the message "crosses the boundary of protected speech and constitutes student conduct that poses a reasonably foreseeable risk that the icon would come to the attention of school authorities" and disrupt the work of the school.

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