Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Facebook Statuses Protected as a Constitutional Amendment?

We have all heard horror stories about potential job candidates being turned away at interviews after revealing unprofessional Facebook and Twitter updates. However, the newest headline surrounding Facebook rights and privacy is about a high school student in California who was recently suspended for making a rather vulgar status update about his biology teacher.

The status updated, prompted by a large amount of assigned homework, read that his teacher was a "fat a** who should stop eating fast food..." among other rude slurs. Although incredibly inappropriate and wrong, the ACLU is claiming that this was within the boy's constitutional rights of freedom of speech. Since the status was not created during school hours and was not made from a school computer, the ACLU argues that the boy is entitled to the update without punishment.

Even though it was incredibly rude, I do not believe that the school had the legal right to suspend the student for the status update. This has not been the first of cases such as these surrounding freedom of speech via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

What are your thoughts? Was the school right to suspend the student or did they violate his first amendment rights? Let us know!

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