A STUDENT IN FLORIDA was suspended after creating a facebook page about a teacher she did not get along with. The page was titled, “Ms. Sarah Phelps is the worst teacher I’ve ever had."
The student was suspended for three days even though the page had been deleted. She filed a lawsuit against the principal, arguing that her First Amendment rights were violated. A federal judge recently decided that the case can go to trial.
Do you have the right to bitch about your teachers or anyone else online? Can the person written about demand the complaint be removed? Is online bitching any different than information that appears in print or on television?
What if it was you who was written about negatively online? How would you handle the situation?
6 months ago