“This book describes the legal precedents involved in the discipline of students who engage in this type of behavior and provides a very helpful matrix for dealing with a sensitive cyber situation. I'd recommend this text for all administrators!”
—Jill Gildea, Superintendent
Fremont School District 79, Mundelein, IL
Education Talk Radio: 3/25/2011
What every school leader needs to know about cyber bullying and the law
A parent brings a cyber bullying incident to your attention and expects you to resolve it. What are the students' rights and your responsibilities according to the law? Because the laws regarding disciplinary action are still evolving, this manual fills the gap by providing public school leaders with data-driven solutions for managing cyber bullying incidents. The authors offer clear guidance for honoring free expression while providing a safe learning environment. Helpful tools include
“Top Ten Rules” for addressing cyber bullying; Strategies for documenting aggressive cyber situations; User-friendly legal tests for differentiating netiquette violations from First Amendment–protected expressions; The MATRIX, a rubric that provides efficient and clear decision-making guidelines for determining appropriate responses to cyber bullying incidents (also available online)
Relevant case studies give examples of schools' authority to regulate, censor, or sanction inappropriate cyber expression. Mistakes can be costly, and avoiding liability is key. This book shows you how to protect yourself, your school, and your students in accordance with the law.
Chapter 3: The Local Take on Student Expression
The Local Take on Student Expression
The Supreme Court decisions establish the skeletal bones of protection from government censorship in student school speech cases. The Court's decisions establish the lowest limit to which school leaders may restrict student speech rights. The lower court decisions, however, add flesh to the bones. These decisions attempt to define what the high Court's terminology actually implies. For example, how much authority do school administrators possess to discipline students’ expression? Supreme Court decisions are scarce, their issues are narrowly defined, and they lack commentary on digital matters. Thus it is not surprising that the lower courts have, to a certain extent, reached different conclusions on student speech rights. The importance of the lower court decisions ...