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Robert Winner

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Should students be punished by their schools for comments made on social medial from their homes.

In the news are students being expelled for comments made from home regarding their schools, administrators, or teachers. Should this be a matter for courts action ... no action ... or is the school discipline justified.

Remember the comments are not made on school equipment or while the student is under school control / school hours / school trips / etc ...

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  • May 7 2012: I would like to submit a common, simple yet crude example. A student sitting on his bed doing homework instead of playing outside writes a note "Mr. Jones suck big green donkey peckers" then adds "City High School is the worst in the world". The student adds drawings to illustrate his point. He throws it in his backpack and heads over to his friends house. His friends finds it humorous and shows it to another friend. Eventually the paper gets caught in the wind and into a citizens hand who reports it to the school. The analogies to this instance and Facebook are simple. In my opinion the schools have no recourse nor responsibility to punish the students. The instructor's may unofficially express his disappointment to the student as one human being to another. Public schools are not charged with raising, disciplining or parenting our children.
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      May 7 2012: The only problem I see with the analogy is that in your example a private comunication became public by accident. You don't often post something on facebook accidentally. I think part of the problem lies in the fact that kids don't appreciate that a facebook post is in the public domain unless you specifically block access to it.
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      May 11 2012: Good job that is a perfect analogy.

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