One more reason why we need a new Supreme Court.
A majority of the current one believes that schools have the right to control the speech of their students outside of the school setting.
In dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens said, “This case began with a silly nonsensical banner, (and) ends with the court inventing out of whole cloth a special First Amendment rule permitting the censorship of any student speech that mentions drugs, so long as someone could perceive that speech to contain a latent pro-drug message.”
So, does this mean that schools can penalize students for materials posted on MySpace? Or for an opinion entered on a discussion board at RateMyTeacher? Or if they sign an online petition to support the legalization of marijuana?
Since the National School Boards Association applauds this ruling, you can bet that a school district somewhere in the country is going to try.
And once again administrators will be attempting to use threats and penalties to change student behavior when their stated mission is educating them to be responsible adults.
What’s the saying about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?