How far away from campus must one be to avoid being under the authority of a public school?
When I was in high school, there was a corner across the street from the school parking lot where are all the naughty kids would go and smoke their cigarettes. Underage, mind you. Every day before and after school, there they were puffing away. Did the school ever punish them? Nope. They were not on school property so they were outside the reach of the teachers and administrators just across the street.
Seems that might not be the case anymore. In our brave new digital age, some administrators at public schools believe that what goes on off campus and outside school hours is still their concern. If your teacher can see it, one way or another, whatever you do online or on your social media accounts can land you in hot water with the your school. At least according to a judge in California. Boy, there’s a shocker, am I right?
The case in the attached link involves some high-schoolers that put some offensive racial stuff on their social media profiles. One kid put the offending material up, and a few of his friends had the temerity to click “like” on the offensive material. It shouldn’t have to be said but I’ll say it anyway – the kids were stupid to put that stuff up on their public profiles where anyone could see it. Nonetheless, I contend that this does not fall under the purview of the school and they should not have received any sanction other than whatever social consequences they would have received from their peers. And they would have received some and probably learned a valuable lesson.
But I’m not all that sure about this one – what do you think? I could probably be persuaded that the judge made the right decision with regard to the public school.
At this point, I’m just glad no teachers saw any of the toilet paper rolls that ended up in trees that might have come from my hand way back when. Notice i said *may* have.
From the East Bay Times in CA:
A United States District Court judge in San Francisco issued a divided ruling this week on a portion of a case involving an Instagram account created by a former Albany High student that had several racist memes posted on it.
The lawsuits were filed on behalf of 10 students disciplined after the discovery of the account in March. The Albany Unified School District and several employees as well as district officials and an AUSD board member were the defendants.
On Nov. 29, Judge James Donato granted a summary judgment in favor of the defendants regarding how the AUSD disciplined the creator of the account and students who had “liked” and commented on some of the posts.
He ruled against the AUSD regarding four students who liked or commented on posts that didn’t target specific students and one who never liked or commented on anything.
Donato only considered the First Amendment questions and related state law claims raised by the lawsuits in this ruling. The parties agreed to address those questions on summary judgment as they are central to the cases.
It’s not clear when other claims by the plaintiffs will be considered.
The AUSD had no comment, issuing a news release that simply restated the results of the ruling.
Darryl Yorkey, who represented several of the plaintiffs, said he will be filing an amended complaint in the next week.
“I don’t agree with the judge’s decision,” Yorkey said. “It was definitely unfavorable to my clients.”