Should high schools be able to punish student speech on social media?

The right to free speech is fundamentally guaranteed by the First Amendment. Only a few limitations are placed on it, such as speech that defames or incites imminent danger.

Those who believe high schools should be allowed to punish and limit student online speech argue that high school student’s emotional security is at stake. They highlight the modern danger of online bullying, and the need to protect young people from verbal attacks.

Opponents of allowing high schools to punish and limit student online speech argue that there is no clear definition of what constitutes bullying speech, and by allowing schools to be the judges, student’s rights will be infringed. They also note that free speech is constitutionally guaranteed regardless of age or location.

So, what do you think? Should high schools be able to punish student speech on social media?

 

References:

The Atlantic – Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?

Center for Public Education – Free Speech and Public Schools

Kansas Student Class President Suspended for Tweet Mocking School’s Football Team

Relevant Court Cases:

Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

 

Current Standings:
Yes: 34%
No: 66%
  • Hannah from Texas

    High school students are, in general, at the age that they desire independence for they are too old to act like children and too young to be treated like adults even if they are expected to act like adults. High school students also feel entitled to liberties that they do not fully understand. These expectation with not all the benefits of independence pushes them to rebel against any boundary given. Social media is no exception. On social media teenagers feel invincible enough to post vicious things about their school and the people in it. Also, this feeling of invincibility causes them to post their not so legal actions online. These tweets, posts, and snapchats can be deserving of punishment by the school for the freedom of speech is not always as secure as teenagers pretend it is. First, most schools have a hand book that you as a student agree to follow. Now, let us take a second to admit most of us only care about the dress code section (which actually is a form of speech called symbolic speech) and do not read much further. Though, if we did read further we would realize that schools safe guard themselves by including such clauses as to quote my high school’s handbook, ” bullying occurs when a student or a group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic methods… result in harm to a student or the student’s property, places a student in reasonable fear of physical harm… is so severe, persistent, and pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment.” This, similar to the constitution, gives enough detail and yet leaves enough vague that schools can punish on a wide range of issues including bullying through “electronic methods”. In simpler terms, bullying on social media can be seen as libel or, a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation. Libel is not only something that you could get dragged to court for but in most cases violates schools policies. The supreme court case Tinker v Des Moines also exemplifies that schools can limit the first amendment. Tinker v Des Moines shows us that “students do not enjoy the same breadth of free speech rights that adults do–at least, not when that speech could “materially and substantially disrupt the work and discipline of the [public] school (http://www.wassom.com/social-media-and-student-discipline-in-public-schools.html)”. Second, if a student posts a “clear and present danger” as decided by the Supreme Court case Schenck v US (1919) that the school can take action by defending themselves and punishing the student as this would disrupt the classroom setting. This can be something like a student at my school tweeted that he/she was going to blow up the school the next day. When the school saw this of course they called the police but when the student was dealt with he/she was given D.E.A.P. and lost all in school privileges. This punishment, under the ruling of Schenck v US, was handled properly for the school did not press charges but handles the tweet personally. Now, this sparks the rebuttal of teenagers groaning “Well they can’t punish me if I do not do drugs on their campus but they find out through social media that I do drugs, that’s not fair.” Generally, schools have policies over illegal drug use and while they (dependent on school district) might not be able to grab you just for what they suspect based on social media they can “randomly” drug test you. Knowing fully well that you will fail and this allows them to punish you. Though, sometimes being affiliated with a sport or club allows them, under what you agreed to when you signed up, to kick you out for illegal drug use that is seen through you posting a tweet of you smoking weed care free with a group of friends or posting to your snapchat story you taking a shot at a party. Nothing you post online is truly private, so remember that and the fact that schools cleverly are able to use handbooks to their advantage when you try to use the first amendment against them. We as teenagers need to read up more and truly understand our civil rights and civil liberties for not all speech is created equally.

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  • Patrick from New Hampshire

    Yes, social media can be a nightmare for some students. I believe schools have a responsibility to protect their students from bullying and the students are using it everyday as a major part of communication and socialization with peers. If schools don’t have the right to discipline a student who has bullied another than how are they going to learn about consequences going into their adult lives.

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    Yes, social media can be a nightmare for some students. I believe schools have a responsibility to protect their students from bullying and the studen…

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  • Derek from Massachusetts

    I believe that school’s should be able to do so. Although everyone has freedom of speech, students are in a special situation. Just as athletes and employees are sometimes restricted, students are in the same boat. Their views may sometimes be confused with the views of the majority of the school. In some cases, we must sacrifice a little of our individual liberty to gain collective safety.

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    I believe that school’s should be able to do so. Although everyone has freedom of speech, students are in a special situation. Just as athletes and em…

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  • Andrew from North Carolina

    2017 jamboree citz in nation merit badge. I think that if teens had freedom to harass/bully other teens the world wouldn’t be right there would be more teens hurting themselves because of bullying and harassment. .

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  • Kara from Pennsylvania

    I think that schools should be able to punish what students say on social media. If the school doesn´t act out on what is said then that student could end up harming his/her self. It’s the school’s job to protect the students from bullying. I do believe that students have the right to free speech, but not if it’s going to hurt the person’s feelings.

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    I think that schools should be able to punish what students say on social media. If the school doesn´t act out on what is said then that student coul…

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  • Samantha from Pennsylvania

    High school students should be able to be punished by the school for actions on social media. Students who are in high school are of the age that they should know how to act on social media. If students cannot show that they are able to act appropriately, actions must be taken at school to prevent the distraction of other students, and to hopefully prevent it in the future.

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    High school students should be able to be punished by the school for actions on social media. Students who are in high school are of the age that th…

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  • Hayden from Pennsylvania

    I think schools should be able to punish kids for their actions on social media. I believe this because what the student does could reflect poorly on the kid and the school. Depending on what it is, colleges and future employers could write off the student for the post or comments. Bullying also deserves a punishment. Bullying can result in the student harming them or someone else. In the end the school is looking out for themselves and their students.

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  • Jeevan from Tennessee

    Although student speech on social media is very open and can sometimes be very aggressive, there should be some regulations on the speech and punishments on those violations. Often enough these outbursts can result in some serious conflict or damage. It’s in these instances that students should be punished, otherwise their should’nt be so much restrictions on students speech on social media.

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    Although student speech on social media is very open and can sometimes be very aggressive, there should be some regulations on the speech and punishme…

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  • Mariah from Minnesota

    Freedom of speech does not mean the right to verbal harassment. If a student posts inappropriate or hurtful statements on social media while at school, at a school-related event, or if statements posted away from school disrupt or affect school activities, I believe that the school has enough jurisdiction to punish that student. This view can be supported by the outcome of Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, in which the court sided with the school, agreeing that they had the right to punish a student for making inappropriate comments about a classmate during a school event. However, the school’s right to punish speech must be limited to disrespectful or harmful speech. This is backed up by the cours decision in Tinker v. Des Moines. The court stated that there must be proof of negative effects on the school in order for the school to punish students for exercising their right of free speech (punishment cannot be used as a preemptive measure). Overall, I believe that schools should have the right to punish harmful speech on social media, but it must be clear that the student’s speech has had a negative or disruptive impact in order to prevent the school from infringing on students’ rights.

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  • daseaN from Texas

    The choice to engage in social media is completely up to the student if they are criticized about their opinion than simply blocking or deleting those who don’t like their views should be the solution. Social media provides many ways for a person to stop someone from bothering them on their account. I don’t feel like situations like the Kansas class president are fair because what they say online should be treated as if they said it out loud. I don feel like the principal would feel right suspending someone just for having a opinion on their school team.

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    The choice to engage in social media is completely up to the student if they are criticized about their opinion than simply blocking or deleting those…

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  • Weston from California

    It may be a right to have freedom of speech but education is not. A school should be able to limit what a student may say on social media especially if can lead to harm of another student or taint the image of the school said student may be attending. Natural rights such as Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness should be a higher priority than rights listed in the bill of rights. if a student’s natural rights are being infringed upon by freedom of speech then it is the school’s duty to abolish it.

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    It may be a right to have freedom of speech but education is not. A school should be able to limit what a student may say on social media especially i…

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  • Alexandria from Alabama

    What sets this generation apart is the internet and our unlimited access to it. Our parents are slowly being immersed into this world of cyber bullying and the art of manipulation behind a screen. They do not understand, nor are they aware of the pressures that are put on young people to participate in the online world, if you do not have social media, or tend to spend most of your time away from the internet world, this generation does not understand you. They do not have the capability to properly communicate, or build true character outside of the internet. As a result, our whole lives are built online, who we truly are is represented as our pictures on instagram and our “life changing” thoughts on twitter. Who someone is when they don’t think they can get caught or who they are when they hide behind a computer screen amplifies their true self. There is no limit to the damage that can be done without repercussion. Schools should have the right to truly see who their students are. Yes, everyone makes mistakes and no one is perfect, but if there is a consistent threat or someone is being emotionally abused online, there needs to be a higher power to step in. We are not equipped to handle it ourselves. If schools were allowed to fully monitor their students, maybe there would be a drop in suicides each year. Maybe there would be less violence occurring online and in high school and middle schoolers. This generation is born with a phone practically attached to their hand. Their charisma and character is reflected in everything they do and say online, and schools should be able to truly see what their students represent. We do have the right of freedom of speech, but words are powerful. They can build up and tear down walls, but they also shape who a person is. There is no tolerance for derogatory comments in the school hallways, or bullying on school grounds, so why would cyberbullying be tolerated? The online world has became just as real and tangible as the people sitting around you, and without monitoring what students say or do, how can schools rely only on what they see see right in front of them. Character goes beyond resumes and good deeds, the words one emits are what builds them, and schools should have the right to fully grasp their student’s characters.

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  • Kathryn from North Dakota

    I am a firm believer everyone should be treated with respect, even if they haven’t earned it. This respect reaches into the internet also. You should always treat people with respect unless reoccurring incidents show they don’t deserve it. Schools everywhere talk about how they are against bullying and cyber bullying and all of it needs to come to a stop. Yet, a parent will come in with concerns about how e child spoke to theirs on the internet and the school will say there is nothing they can do. Should these students have everything they say monitored? No. But, if a high school student is saying something online to someone that they would be punished for in a school, then they should be punished for said comment, even if it was online.

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  • Kimberly from Florida

    In the U.S. Constitution, the First Amendment established Freedom of Speech. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that not all types of speech are protected. We can look at court cases like New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, Miller v. California, and Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire as references. Speech that includes libel and slander, obscenity, and fighting words (McGraw-Hill Ed. 130) are not protected by the Constitution. Therefore, students need to understand that certain things they post on social media isn’t acceptable by law, and is certainly not acceptable by schools. This is why schools should be able to punish students for certain speech they post on social media. Students shouldn’t be posting unconstitutional speech anyways, so why prohibit schools from punishing something that’s already illegal?

    Source:
    Harrison, Brigid C., Jean Harris, and Michelle D. Deardorff. American Democracy Now. 4th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education, 2016. Print.

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  • Jacob from Arizona

    High schools should be allowed to punish student speech on social media if it meets criteria of cyber-bullying, uses derogatory speech towards another peer, etc. We should treat all sources of bullying in the same manner, whether it is in a classroom or online. Punishing a student for their speech, as long as it does not infringe on their right to assemble and speak on issues, is acceptable. The Hazelwood School District vs. Kuhlmeier ruling protects a student’s right to speech; their speech can not be censored by the school, except for “legitimate pedagogical concern”. Social media is not academic, therefore, the school could not punish a student for expressing an opinion. In conclusion, as long as the school punishes the student because of cyberbullying, it is not an infringement on their rights, and therefore, should be permitted.

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  • Noah from California

    Society at the present remains simply too volatile for speech in social media not to be monitored and constrained to a reasonable level. If authorities create the example that individuals may allow their opinions to harm others on social media, they will become powerless to enforce sanctions when problems inevitably arise later on. If we are to allow high school students to become young adults in the public world, it is only proper that they be made to act properly while using the internet.

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  • Kamm from Washington

    Schools already have a precedent of punishing unwanted behavior within the confines of the building. Acts committed outside of the realm or property of the institution are usually handled by the police. However, this is not generally a criminal offense in the social media space. If it falls to the school to punish a student, then it has usually passed through the screening of law enforcement. Even though the action of social media may not be during school orders or committed on school property, the school already has an obligation to protect students, be it the cyber-space or the learning space.

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  • Hayley from New York

    High Schools should be allowed to punish student speech on social media. While Tinker vs. Des Moines allows certain freedoms of expression for high school students, it does not allow complete freedom of expression for students (source: Justice Stewart’s concurring opinion on Tinker vs. Des Moines). The limitation of these rights can be seen in the landmark case of Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, in which student journalists were prevented from publishing two articles because of concerns about anonymity, defamation, and the discussion of topics the district felt were inappropriate. While the newspaper’s connection to the school was greater than the connection between students’ social media accounts and their schools, the ruling set a precedent for the limitation of students’ First Amendment rights at the discretion of their schools. The concern regarding defamation is quite applicable to students’ use of the internet, as well, since students can share hurtful text and speech about each other on the internet. Certainly, school districts should use good judgement – not everything a student says on the internet should be punished, but repeated harassment and threats should be a punishable offense. School districts can offer a more legally guided, standard punishment for student speech on the internet than any parent can, and the case of Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier supports the district’s right to censor and punish student speech on social media.

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  • Laura from Pennsylvania

    Verbal abuse, bullying, fighting words- none of these should be tolerated in a school setting and should not be allowed online. The First Amendment does not protect fighting words, hate speech, and obscenities. The school has a right to act and punish those who infringe on their freedom of speech. The First Amendment is not violated. If the school has a cause to charge the student, they should be able to. If the student’s account is public, than the school does not need a warrant to act under “probable cause”. If the students aren’t allowed to say it in school, they should not be able to say any “fighting words, hate speech, and obscenities” online and should be punished.

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    Verbal abuse, bullying, fighting words- none of these should be tolerated in a school setting and should not be allowed online. The First Amendment do…

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  • Bria from Texas

    I think it depends on the situation. If a high school student is talking negatively or inappropriate about a teacher at the school the administration should take action towards that situation. However, if a student is interacting with another but not in a way that’s threatening and alarming then the school shouldn’t be involved unless it appears to be a threat to the other student.

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  • Tyler from Michigan

    While I do believe that freedom of speech is a very important part in the educational system, there does need to be limitations and consequences for post on social media made by students both during and outside of school hours. A threat made towards the school, its faculty or students should not be taken lightly and it is the schools responsibility to keep those inside safe. If a student is caught placing a bomb or shooting threat on a high school that is cause not only for school action to be taken but law enforcement action as well. Even if the threat was made in a jokingly manner, the intention and emotion behind a said post cannot be distinguished through a platform like Facebook or Twitter. A student making a serious threat towards a school needs to understand the panic that can cause for administrators, teachers, students and families alike and that its going to be treated as if It is a serious threat. The punishment to follow an action such as a bomb or shooting threat is warranted in the circumstances and well deserved for the panic and fear that said post can cause. Another type of post that needs to be monitored are those that disrupt learning, such as rumors about students and teachers alike. This type of post can spread into the hallways and classrooms within the school disrupting the learning environment, and it is the school’s responsibility to maintain a healthy, safe and uninterrupted learning environment. If a post or comment disrupts that during school hours then the school now has the right to punish said student as they see fit for disrupting the learning environment.

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  • Anna from North Carolina

    While we have the right to post and say things that we want online, if a student uses the internet to bully or hurt other students, the school is allowed to take ownership of that situation and punish the student.

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  • Seth from Ohio

    In the real world, what we say on social media has an impact on our lives. Future employers may search your social media activity and, based on what one says, may even judge you on that. Schools should monitor what is said on social media, and discuss with a student the possible future consequences of that statement. Punishment is a very loose term. It does not necessarily mean detention. Students need to learn that what we say on the internet has a real impact on our lives in public.

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  • Alyssa from Illinois

    High schools should punish kids for what hey say on social media. Weather it be racist, sexist, bullying or anything else along those lines. It can have really negative effects on other students who read them and get offended by their online postings. Students could even get physical at school when a post online is offing or is bullying a certain group or individuals. If a stent doesn’t want to be penalized for saying something offense online then they juts shouldn’t bother with posting it in the first place.

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    High schools should punish kids for what hey say on social media. Weather it be racist, sexist, bullying or anything else along those lines. It can ha…

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  • Charles from Kansas

    The right to freedom of speech is available to everyone, including high school students. However, freedom of speech does not allow for illegal behavior that would endanger the school. Situations such as a threat of violence or bullying online can and should be addressed by the school. Schools cannot be expected to be the watchdog of internet activity, but they must act on reasonable information as they become aware. Like the state of Kansas dictates by law, the school administration and teachers are required to report and act on student actions that violate the law and constitute a real danger to the school and the people in it. How they act on such behavior must be clearly stated to all students and parents by the start of any school term as well as detailing the repercussions for violations.

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  • Kaylee from North Carolina

    I think high school students should be held accountable for their social media because many problems a school has, like bullying and fighting, starts off on social media. By holding a student accountable for what they are doing online then we can eliminate a huge portion of that negative activity that occurs in school. We should also hold them accountable because maybe jobs that they will get will look through their social media to see what kind of a person they are outside of work and if they see something they don’t like then they can easily fire you or decide not to hire you. We should all think twice before we post something on the internet, we need to think about the consequences that may occur. Will this hurt someone? Will this offend a group of people? Do I want my grandmother or employer to see what I’m posting?
    Everyone needs to start thinking about these things before they post. If we start it at the high school or even middle school level then we are improving the internet and reducing the amount of in school issues.

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  • Angelina from Massachusetts

    I believe the schools should limit the students right of ” free speech” on social media under certain circumstances. Such as if the student uses vulgar words, or creates a rumor of said person, that creates disruption in the schools, daily routine. It states in Tinker. V. Des Moines, that their speech could be oppressed if any disruption is called for by it. The social media is connectable and able to be publicly notice, so in each area the students thoughts , words could be manipulated by others. Therefore, this could potentially put others at risk. Also, it could apply that keeping ones personal right could infringe in the others rights. I believe that the school should get involved once the situation arrives upon schools matters.

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  • Sam from Maine

    This is where schools hands are tied. I truly believe that if students are to be held accountable for what they post on social media, there would be far less teen suicides. Unfortunately we cannot control a teens morality, or level of compassion towards other teens, but we can make them think twice before posting anything questionable. I don’t believe attacking another person or making personal judgements should be in any way shape or form, be considered free speech.

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    This is where schools hands are tied. I truly believe that if students are to be held accountable for what they post on social media, there would be f…

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  • Eboni from Pennsylvania

    Although the first amendment declares free speech, it also provides a limit which is, when it gets close to putting people in danger. Bullying is the limit of the first amendment, words that are derogatory and and hurtful that will effect the emotional state of another person is dangerous. This is where the first amendment line is drawn. In comparison to yelling “Fire” in a crowded place, this could be someone exercising their right of free speech. However, this is known to be not right and very dangerous. Therefore, high schools should punish online bullying and bullying in general because it is not protected under the first amendment.

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  • Tyler from California

    Schools should be able to punish for things said on social media because this comments are some of the main reasons that students take their lives. No student should fell that death is their only way out. If schools were able to punish for things said on social media a bullying outlet would be cut off, and a students life would be saved.

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    Schools should be able to punish for things said on social media because this comments are some of the main reasons that students take their lives. No…

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  • Jessica from Texas

    In today’s society, many people utilize their right to speak freely through social media. Social media has become one of the leading opportunities for any person to speak their mind. With this lenient freedom, some people can take it out of hand. This issue is important in today’s political standpoint because of the extraordinary disapproval of the current president. Because many people despise him, they feel the right to backlash his every move. This freedom has been harmful to many people, such as celebrities and models and even the president of the United States. Although we possess this freedom, we should not utilize it to make fun of others. We are lucky that our freedom of speech is not limited like it was during John Adam’s presidency with the sedition acts punishing any publication dissing the government. Although our freedom of speech should not be dissolved, it should be limited and those who use it for negative reasons should accept the consequences. If students speak their minds in an inappropriate way through social media, schools should have the ability to enforce a punishment on these students.

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  • Shaiquon from Maryland

    I’ve heard so many stories about bullying on social media. Which i believe could prevent depression, domestic abuse, and suicide with the help of the school system stepping in when monitoring things.

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  • Kajal from Texas

    The modern day version of bullying has shifted significantly to the virtual world. Behind a computer scree, individuals possess the power to say whatever they please. If a student were to make a threat in the classroom (verbal or physical) then they are reprimanded. The same should go for social media. If a threat is being made that is impacting another individual’s grades, attendance, etc., then the appropriate consequences should be administered. In order to ensure of the safety of students, the law needs to be changing at the same rate with technology. If the remark is unacceptable in school, then the remark should also be unacceptable on social media.

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  • Comfort from Maryland

    I believe in freedom of speech only when it is not used to abuse other students. If a student is caught bullying other students and making threats on social media, then they should get punished for it. It will help fight online bullying.

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  • Madison from Florida

    In order to maintain order in a school, often times administration must stretch the boundaries of the first amendment. Schools are under an obligation to keep children and teens SAFE. The safety of students outweighs the administration respecting the first amendment rights of all students.

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  • Mark from Florida

    The First Amendment only goes so far to protect the right to speak freely. For instance, making threats to others is illegal, and speaking about certain illegal activities that one commited over social media can even incriminate them as well. The schools of students who commit these acts over social media are also consequently not represented well and get poor publicity, so they have the right to establish the fact that they do not support the students activites outiside of school by punishing them appropriately. Overall, the right to free speeck is implicitly limited in the Constitution , and students are not exempt from such limitations.

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  • Evan from Nebraska

    Time and time again, courts have produced verdicts similar to that in Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser stating students do not have absolute freedom of speech in schools. The Supreme Court often presents a statement saying if the words, actions, gestures, or expressions “materially and substantially interfere” with operations of the school, the district has the right to punish that student or group of students. This directly translates to social media in the present world. Students have the right to free speech, but not absolute free speech. If their actions on social media are interfering with the operations of the school, the district has the right to punish them accordingly to ensure a stable, prosperous school environment and prevent cyber bullying, violent disagreements, and instability in schools.

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  • Michael from Alaska

    Students should be help accountable for their actions inside and outside of schools. If a student were to talk about committing harm to a fellow student on any form of social media, the school has an obligation to keep that student away from that party. Yes, although freedom of speech is a thing here in America, students need to be taught at a young age that their actions inside and outside of their institutions have consequences.

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  • Corinne from California

    Students who take to social media and bully other students and use social media as a weapon should be punished for what they’re doing. Bullying is not a victim less crime.

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  • Corbin from Illinois

    Yes and no. I do not believe public high schools should have the ability to punish students because they are funded by the state and students usually do not get a chance to choose the school they attend. With private schools, I do believe they should have the ability to punish. Private schools have to choice to admit their students on conditions. Students are representatives of a private school and it is a privilege to be able to attend one. Like with jobs, employees are representing their employer and they can be fired for their free speech. You still have the ability to have free speech, but you can not represent a entity like a private school or an employer if they disapprove.

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  • Isabella from Tennessee

    In our society, phones and technology don’t seem like a privilege; they have become a necessity. There is not one class where one student does not sneak their phone when the adult responsible has his/her back turned. A person can be made fun of for not having requisite technology. Children who are five-years-old even have access to technology. Over 80 percent of teenagers use their phone daily. On a normal phone, its user can text or message his/her friend, and the user can download social media. An unintended consequence of all of this technology is cyber bullying, for example. People can make fun of a person and harass them under anonymous usernames, which means that they could potentially never be found. The victims of bullying have low self esteem and might even consider suicide. This could lead to the victims’ performance in school suffering because they can not get the comments out of their head. If a cyber bully is caught by a school, should the school punish this person? Absolutely. If there is even the potential of these mean comments could affect a student’s performance in school, the school system should take action. The United States Declaration of Independence states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The unalienable rights, or the non-negotiable rights, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is America’s duty to offer these rights to everyone. If something is in violation of them, it should be stopped. Cyber bullying is in violation because it hinders a person’s ability to pursue happiness. Therefore, cyber bullying should be stopped by Americans. If schools see cyber bullying happening, it is the school administrator’s responsibility, as an American citizen, to stop this. Without schools watching what their students send, there is no limit to the terrible things a student could do. Therefore, schools should be allowed to punish students based on what they say on social media, whether that child is inside of the school or not.

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  • Jacqueline from California

    Students feel free to be malicious towards others, with out the fear of consequences both to them and the other person. If they were to threaten another person, should they not get punished? What if the other person took the initiate to harm themselves? They fear of the bulling becoming worse if they were to tell on the other person – it makes it easier to screenshot the person and show an administrator. It will also teach people how a simple post can affect them, in school and out in the real world.

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  • Tyler from Maryland

    This issue is a lot simpler than you think. There has to be regulation on social media. There are too many cases of excesses bullying and hate speech that fill the screens of young high school students. The Constitution does not support this type of speech because it is a main cause of depression and suicides. Also, high schools are the social centers of these teens and therefore should be the ones dealing the punishment.

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    This issue is a lot simpler than you think. There has to be regulation on social media. There are too many cases of excesses bullying and hate speech …

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  • Joshua from Pennsylvania

    Free speech is perhaps one of the most misunderstood rights we have. Too many mistake our right to free speech as the right to say whatever we want. However, this is not the case. We are always responsible for what we say, and if our words cause damage, we may be punished as if we had caused it ourselves. But sometimes the line is hazy; the internet in particular has caused legal thinkers a significant amount of trouble. What about schools punishing students for internet speech? Is that constitutional? I say yes.
    There are two major questions that must be answered regarding this issue. First, can schools punish student speech at all? And second, if they can, are they able to punish speech made on social media, on the internet, which is technically off-campus?

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    In the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines, the court stated, “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” “School officials do not possess absolute authority over their students. Students in school as well as out of school are “persons” under our Constitution. They are possessed of fundamental rights which the State must respect, just as they themselves must respect their obligations to the State.” Schools do not have absolute authority over their students.
    However, in the case Burnside v. Byars, the fifth circuit court of appeals made a statement that the Supreme Court later cited in Tinker: “They cannot infringe on their students’ right to free and unrestricted expression as guaranteed to them under the First Amendment to the Constitution, where the exercise of such rights in the school buildings and schoolrooms do not materially and substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school.” This clearly implies that if speech does interfere with appropriate discipline in a school, it can be punished. In Bethel School District v. Fraser, the Supreme Court agreed: it stated that “The First Amendment does not prevent the school officials from determining that to permit a vulgar and lewd speech such as respondent’s would undermine the school’s basic educational mission” and then punishing said speech.
    Thus, it can be safely said that schools are indeed constitutionally allowed to punish student speech. But can they do it when it is made off-campus, in the student’s private life, online?

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    This is a tricky question; fortunately, we are not without professional opinion on the matter. In an article published in the American Bar Association Communications Lawyer journal, lawyer and media law professor Scott L. Sternberg directly addresses the issue.
    In “Outside the Schoolhouse Gate: The limits of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District,” Sternberg states early on that “It is a basic tenet of our society that public education should teach children about the freedoms that the Constitution reserves to the people. It’s also common sense that the school’s administrators have to be able to maintain some semblance of order to achieve the school’s mission: teaching the students not only reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also social and cultural norms.” In other words, as he states directly after that, “Freedom and authority are a balancing act.” He agrees that schools sometimes are allowed to punish student speech.
    “The omnipresence of the Internet has tested the limits of the schoolhouse gate in new ways.” With this statement, Sternberg transitions to the issue at hand: can the school punish online student speech? His answer is definitive: “A common theme: violent speech is almost always reacted to harshly and with almost universal deference to the school district.” Yes, school districts can punish internet speech, if it directly and disruptively impacts the school.
    Sternberg shares a story that proves his point. “A small instant messaging icon that crudely depicted the suggested murder of an eighth grade English teacher was considered a material and substantial disruption because, although created at home, ‘it was reasonably foreseeable that the IM icon would come to the attention of school authorities and the teacher whom the icon depicted being shot.’ The district court and the Second Circuit upheld the student’s discipline.”

    This is an interesting and perhaps controversial question; in order to answer it accurately, true to the form it was presented, it is necessary to remember its wording: “Should High Schools be able to punish Student Speech on Social Media?” We are not asked if high schools can punish a certain type of speech; therefore, we may assume a worst-case scenario, and take into account all types of speech. Obscene, violent, and threatening language can all be considered in this question, and if even one of them may be punished, the answer is “yes”. Tinker established that if speech disrupts school discipline, it may be punished. Morse v. Frederick led into the internet, as Sternberg says “perhaps Morse’s most significant legacy will be that it acknowledged that the ‘schoolhouse gate’ referred to in Tinker sometimes extends off campus to school-sponsored activities.” And the story above, the court case Wisniewski v. Board of Education, logically extended this to the internet, showing that if internet speech could likely disrupt the work of the school when it comes to its attention, it can be punished.
    Thus, student speech on the internet can be punished by the school, as long as it is directly disruptive to the school’s efforts to establish discipline. This is logical. After all, the Constitution wasn’t made to give people unlimited freedom, only that which is reasonable. If we use our freedom to hurt others, we are responsible for it. This principle carries over into the internet and schools, and although the lines are sometimes hard to see, they’re there.

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  • Becky from Illinois

    Although I respect the First Amendment, and that students should be able to choose to use their form of free speech not on school grounds, I think punishing those for wrongful acts could help the society within schools. I’ve seen it happen first hand at my school, kids who used social media as a blanket to outwardly abuse and bully others, to post pictures of others without their consent, and far worse. Yes, you have the right to free speech but at what cost? When you use social media to potentially harm others, it becomes a problem for those kids and their schools.

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  • Justine from California

    There is a limit to everything, and to everything, a line that must be drawn to define what is appropriate and what is not. There are words for every occasion, and sometimes free speech cannot be the scapegoat phrase to get one out of saying harmful and verbally abusive things. There is a point when words do become harmful and can move an individual to do things that are motivated by the words others say.

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  • Brianna from Tennessee

    As current student of a Christian school, I personally understand why student should be punished for speech of their social media. Students are reprsentatives for their school. Every time they say something inappropriate, crude, or harmful, they give people the impression that the faculty, staff, and parents have no control of the students. Recently at my school, eight students were suspend for posting themselves on their “Snapchat Story” of them unsung inappropriate language and involvement with drugs. As students of a Christian school, we are held to higher standard. Not just because we are a Christian school, but because we reflect the school in which we attend. There are several schools in my area that are know for the things they post on social media. One school is known for a large amount of teenage pregnancies, another for being “the plug”, another for the highest suicide percentage at a high school, and another for not respecting police, authority, etc. All of this is because they post this on social media, then play the victim because they don’t know why they got in trouble.

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    As current student of a Christian school, I personally understand why student should be punished for speech of their social media. Students are reprs…

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  • Jocelyn from Colorado

    Yes! If there is a clear and present danger presented through the student’s use of social media, the school should be allowed to take action to prevent any damage or harm that the student may have been intending to follow through with.

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  • Ulugbek from New York

    Once a student is on the school premises, then his/her rights are limited because that way school is a safe place to be and students will learn some respect which we are losing in our new generation.

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  • Auhstin from Colorado

    People often misinterpret freedom of speech as being able to say whatever you want without consequence. You can get in trouble with the law in the real world for saying things like threatening to kill someone, slandering someone else, or even inciting others to commit crimes like starting a riot. High school is a great teaching opportunity to teach students what they actually are and are not allowed to say on the internet. So yes, high schools should be allowed to punish students for things they say on the internet, but only to the extent of if they would face consequences in the actual criminal justice system for what they said.

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  • Desiree from Tennessee

    As a former victim of verbal bullying, I know only too well the mental harm that comes to a child who is constantly being belittled by his or her peers. Now, as a parent, I am having to fight the same battles for my son, who wears glasses and a patch every day. When telling the teacher or principle, they respond that children have the right to “say what they think” and that unless there is physical harm done, then my son doesn’t really suffer. That’s baloney. Yes, children have the right to form their own opinions about things, but their right to voicing their opinions ends when it interferes with another child’s right to safety and security – both physical and emotional.

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  • Connor from Missouri

    Schools should have the opportunity to punish destructive speech on social media. The coming generations have a connection the the world that their parents either don’t know how to handle, or don’t care to handle. While kids are in school, we live in a bubble. We are not a part of the world, but we are supposed to take a chance to observe and see how it works. But this doesn’t happen if we leave social media to the parents. The way this looks in the status quo, leaves some kids putting too much on the internet while other children remain completely oblivious. Neither of these sides is desirable, we need kids to have the self control to not put everything out online for the world to see, but we also need kids to know that they don’t have to be afraid of the internet. The issue is about more than just bullying, the ability for schools to punish misbehavior on social media allows schools to show kids how to use social media correctly. Social media exists as a platform that is constantly changing, and we need one consistent way to regulate it’s use. I am not suggesting that we try to try to establish a universal moral code on social media, we can’t indoctrinate for morality. However, if schools can establish a coherent plan that reaches all children, we can tame the monster that is social media.

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  • Ethan from Texas

    Before I give my argument, I’ll first state and define the text of the first amendment in order to improve clarification. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”. We must take notice of two parts “Congress shall make no law” and “abridging the freedom of speech” . We see that Congress does NOT have the ability to restrict free speech under the amendment but schools are a state based institution. Because of this, we have to turn focus to incorporation cases that can build application of this amendment to the state and local governments. One that comes to mind is Gitlow v. New York which rules that the first amendment also applies to the states. Now that we ruled that the amendment applies to the states, we must also analyze the clear and present danger clause, that prevents freedom of speech if it provides a clear and present danger. In current times, cyberbullying, teenage suicide rates and social media conflict is at an all time high, and it’s almost primarily because of social media abuse. Freedom of speech is NOT freedom to abuse, and it appears that students continuously harass others to a point in which it’s been commonly accepted. Parents hardly punish their children for these internet acts of hate and actual law enforcement seems a bit excessive, so the best way in which to punish these children is through school. It’s allowed under constitutional text and it’s sure to prevent students from carelessly harassing others online. Allowing schools to punish students for what they post online is imperative in benefiting the wellbeing of our students and is legally allowed under the constitution due to the harm that they cause towards others.

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  • Doreen from Florida

    Yes because there is freedom of speech but there is a certain extent. Cyberbullying still exists and saying no means that if someone is saying something bad online and they get away with it, you are allowing that person to do it again to someone else.

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  • John from New York

    High schoolers must learn to keep their eyes on the prize, and that is educating themselves as much as possible during their four year term in their learning institution. High school students are at an age where they should be at the top of their game, learning how their world works, and seeing how they can make a positive contribution to it; putting down others on social media should not be a student’s primary focus. Because education is the main objective of the high school, any online post that disrupts the learning environment is cause for concern for said high school, and so it should be up to the school to prescribe punishment for such behavior. Parents entrust their children to the school with the expectation that upstanding, educated individuals will emerge as a result of their time there. For that reason, in this time of a student’s life, it should be part of the school’s responsibility to ensure that the student is not putting out content that poses a danger to anyone, the student himself included. If a student is found in violation of acceptable moral conduct online, for instance, posting blatantly offensive material or any content that intentionally aims to antagonize others, then the school should take action to make it clear to the student that this is not to happen again; and getting this message through to the students is achieved with school-enforced punishment so they learn that they will be held accountable for their irresponsible actions. A message to students would be: for now, just keep your head down and study hard; find ways to express yourself by putting your privilege of free speech to good use in constructive ways!

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  • Oluwatofunmi from Georgia

    The idea of students right to free speech is a great one, but many students seem to use the term free speech very loosely. Attaching or bullying someone on a social media platform could be considered free speech because ” I’m just expressing my opinion”. While that is the case the expression of your opinion could be extremely detrimental to another student’s well being. As one of my teachers told me “your rights end where someone else’s begins”. I think this is a good rule to follow in all areas dealing with the rights we are guaranteed. We are guaranteed the right to free speech, but not at the cost of harming or infringing on someone’s rights.

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  • Sunnie from Texas

    Fundamental rights of man include: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Not free speech. Freedom of speech is a privilege granted to us by the Bill o.f Rights. Additionally, freedom to express ideas, which is the point of free speech, does not translate into a freedom to verbally abuse others. Abusive comments on social media regarding institutions, organizations, individuals, and etc… can be charged under libel and slander in court. It makes perfect sense that schools would monitor student conduct and speech on as public a platform as social media (which could be considered the most public platform that currently exists), since it is neither an invasion of privacy nor a restriction of freedom of speech if merely libel and slander is monitored.

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  • Michael from California

    On the grounds that something posted on social media can be libelous, high schools should have the ability to punish student speech on social media but only in certain cases. If speech on social media incites violence, harm in any way whatsoever, or is libelous it should be punishable by schools. Although, what can be considered punishable differs from school to school. Speech on social media differs from symbolic speech as seen in Tinker v. Des Moines where students participated in nonviolent, non-harmful activities. Speech on social media has the ability to incite violence.

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  • Jailea from Florida

    Students everyday are being bullied and hurt by posts on social media. Others feel like it is okay because they won’t have to face what they’re doing. If students realized that there are consequences to what they are saying, they would stop, or at least think before they spoke. People should not take advantage of our freedom to hurt others.

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  • Kylar from Oklahoma

    I believe high schools reserve the right to punish students for their actions online, within reason. Looking at it from a freedom of speech standpoint, are we going to next say that students shall not be required to stay quiet during class due to their constitutional rights? In a progressively evolving world it is important for our legislation to be updated rapidly as certain areas progress rapidly. While this is not always possible, it is important to keep an understanding interpretation of the law. The schools reserve the right to enforce rules for their students. This right extends to actions online that go on to affect the school environment. There are many ways students can misbehave online including bullying or harassing others and this should be kept under control.

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  • Lynda from California

    Schools are allowed to punish students on campus who speak hatefully towards other or who are involved in bullying. If a student is doing this same thing online and it is brought to the attention of the school, whether that is by another student or a parent, the school should be allowed to punish the student in the same way. If people are held accountable for what they post or say online with their jobs, meaning they can be fired or not hired in the first place due to a post, schools should be able to do the same because, in a way, going to school is like a job for most students.

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  • Aide Araceli from Florida

    High schools should have the right to punish for a student’s speech on social media. The use of social media in the era of technology can prove to be beneficial but also damaging when it comes to people using social media to implement fear on a person, harm them through acts of violence, and through exposure of that person’s personal information. Schools across the nation state that in order for a student to be successful, parents along with the school must contribute.

    Students everyday are seen with their phone in their hands during school hours, even when not permitted, and through the use of social media update their status with a tweet, snapchat story, etc. However, social media can harm the reputation of another when others find things that can harm another or simply bully/scam a person.
    High schools should take part in the prevention of bullying or causing harm/fear to another by taking action in investigations relating to bullying.

    The First Amendment right of a person to free speech is granted to all people while knowing that these rights are limited because not all free speech is allowed. For example, talking about another person because of their race, ethnicity, or religion should not be permitted, as this is some cases has escalated to harsher consequences such as hate crimes. Prevention is a major factor in simply preventing more atrocious acts, even if it involves parents and administration of schools being actively involved in the life of students.

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  • Jade from New York

    Being entitled to the First Amendment also implies being entitled to the responsibilities that come along with it if it is used by students whether it is on social media or not. You have to be smart when you are using your amendment rights. I do think that schools should be able to punish students for speech on social media if it involves a direct threat to the school itself. It is up to the student to make smart decisions especially when it comes to their lives on social media where any and everyone can be searched. My main reasoning behind why I support schools being able to lawfully punish its students for actions on social media is because specific things can affect a school’s reputation. In my opinion if you are taking part in illegal activities, then there is no reason for you to share it with the world on social media. It is up to the individual to take that risk or not and make themselves vulnerable to punishment from their school or any other authority figures. Although I do say yes in this debate, I do also believe in just discipline. The disciplinary actions have to somewhat match the severity of the actions performed by the student on social media. All in all, students have to be more responsible this day in age because as time goes on it becomes more and more difficult to hide things especially if you are not even trying by posting things on social media for the entertainment and acceptance of your peers.

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  • Ada from California

    People can be harmful and not realize it. Although there is the right of free speech, people easily use it as an excuse or a loophole to initiate their won hatred. Honestly, I would argue that people shouldn’t take everything on the media to heart but I also know that many people can’t help it. I believe that if there is constant bullying, and the school can see it then they should interfere because it could be very harmful to the person being cyberbullied, but if it isn’t continuous then it shouldn’t be limited. But I also believe people should understand that people can always see what they post and say so they should be mindful about what they are saying and their instant state of emotion before posting or saying things on media it should be decisions made with both emotions and thought, not just temporary capricious emotions.

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  • Jessica from Georgia

    Whether or not schools should be able to punish students for what is published on social media would depend on how the speech interferes with the school setting, and whether or not it can be considered under en loco parentis, since there are a number of preexisting Supreme Court cases that limit Constitutional right based on en loco parentis. This precedent was set into place by New Jersey v T.L.O. and Lander v Seaver, but most importantly in this case Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier case, as the student’s freedom of the press was limited because the “First Amendment rights of students in the public schools are not automatically coextensive with the rights of adults in other settings.” A school can decide whether or not certain speech is “inconsistent with its basic educational mission” and censure it, but this was in a school publication. In order for social media to be considered, the post would have to be made on a school platform, made during school, seen during school, or caused disruption that either occurred or began during school hours. An innocuous post would not be able to result in the punishment of a student because of the need of the speech to “materially and substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school” as stated in Tinker v Des Mois Independent Community School District. These precedents together would establish that students would be able to be punished for certain social media posts if they could be directly attributed to causing a disruption to the school environment or done on school grounds.

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  • Andreea from Georgia

    Whether schools should have the right to punish students for their posts on social media or not is not as much a question of personal opinion or of the analysis of unfair conduct in individual, extreme cases as much as a question of already established legal precedent and constitutionality. Court cases brought before the Supreme Court in the past century have instituted enough policy regarding the censoring and punishing of free speech/press within school that the question at hand needs only to be put into perspective and viewed through the spectrum of already exiting decisions. In one of the most important cases pertaining to this topic, the Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier decision surmised in its majority opinion statement that the “first amendment rights of students in the public schools are not automatically coextensive with the rights of adults in other settings, and must be applied in light of the special characteristics of the school environment,” and that therefore school officials could censor speech which was “inconsistent with the shared values of a civilized social order.” While the social media post could have been written miles away from the school grounds, if it at all affects or disrupts the school day, it is within legal and moral grounds for the school to become involved. If a student even mentions the post on campus, the school can use the in loco parentis clause highlighted in cases such as New Jersey v TLO and Lander v Seaver to punish the students responsible. While the Tinker v Des Moines Independent Community School District did rule that the Tinker children were allowed to wear black protest armbands to school because they were not disruptive, it also established that school had to prove that the conduct or action in question would “materially and substantially interfere” with the school’s operation, which cyberbullying qualifies under. This clause checks the schools’ power to punish students for any fairly innocuous post on their social media, while giving it the right to interfere with cyberbullying, which does substantially affect the social relations and personal school performance of victims. The argument that, constitutionally, schools have the right to punish students for posts on social media does not extend to giving them the right to take other, more drastic actions, such as when a school system in Minnesota ordered a student to give up her Facebook password because she had called a hall monitor mean. Not only does this not fall under the material and substantial interference clause, but is also protected under privacy and unwarranted seizure laws. New Jersey v TLO established that in order to search for or seize materials/evidence from students, the school must have “reasonable suspicion” of dangerous or illegal activities, which a mere post about a mean hall monitor does not warrant. In conclusion, while school have the right to censor and punish students’ social media posts, there are checks on those powers already in place established by the Supreme Court to ensure that power can only be used in dealing with posts that cause actual disruptions in the school environment, such as cyberbullying, rather than any post that strikes their fancy.

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  • Ta'shanna from South Carolina

    Today’s society is faced with the continually growing problem of electronics and social media. What used to be considered a precious treasure is now the cause of teenage obesity, lack of concentration, inadequate communication, and above all a far less intellectual society. The electronic devices that give students instant access to world for educational purposes are also their conduit to social media, and that represents a host of problems for school administrators.

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    • Jessalyn from South Carolina

      I am in total agreement with you. It seems our social skills to communicate with someone in person is at risk. We are obsessed with self images that reflect only what we wish others to see and are afraid to be ourselves. Education is not only academics but learning to mature beyond teenage years to adulthood responsibilities. More times then you would think, school administrators are limited in their ability to teach because of the distractions of our electronic devises.

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  • Abigael from Texas

    Schools should be allowed to limit students right to free speech within certain perimeters. The main instance in which that schools would need to limit free speech is when it takes away from the learning environment. For example, in the case of Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, the speech that the school was against was extremely inappropriate and caused disruptions in the classes of that school for quite awhile. It is also important that schools have the opportunity to help students learn from instances where their speech was inappropriate, so that when the students become adults they are not blindsided by the consequences from their actions and words. We all know that schools’ administrations strongly believes in punishment as a teaching strategy.

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  • Lauren from California

    If a student’s posts on social media, directly correspond to another student or teacher, or if a student’s posts disrupt the learning environment, then the school has the grounds to become involved with that student’s posts. Under the fourth amendment, people have the right “to be secure in papers and effects shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” In order for schools to become involved with their student’s social media posts, the school would need probable cause and potentially some sort of warrant or written form of permission from a second party.

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  • Cyrus from Illinois

    Yes. I believe that schools should be allowed to punish the student who decide to brand themselves in a negative way over social media. Parents, most times, do not catch the things their child decides to post up onto a social network. With the school being another monitor of that, it can teach a student right from wrong on what they should and should not be doing on social media. Without knowing the difference between right or wrong on a social platform, they can jeopardize their future majorly by not being conscience of what they post.

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  • Joy from Michigan

    Schools should be able to punish students because the threats from online can easily harm other students. For example, if a student is being physically and/or emotionally threatened, it would harm them and with no intervention from the school, it could potentially harm many students.

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  • Matthew from Rhode Island

    Students should be punished for postings on social media, however this power should be checked and controlled. As the First Amendment of the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”. This gives every american the right to speak and express their ideas however, the right does have limits and does not allow speech that targets a group or person. If a comment made by a student becomes an educational disruption or threatens a staff member the comment and student should be addressed. Also if the student is caught making a threatening comment their punishment should be clearly outlined, told to all students and reasonable. In Taylor Bell vs Itawamba County School Board there was no official and known policy on making and posting inappropriate rap videos so he was transferred to an alternate high school, the rest of his senior year, this punishment was unknown to the student and seems a little extreme saying the people targeted were caught saying that they did not feel threatened by the lyrics. Punishments by public school administrators should be controlled and reasonable for the content that was released by the student.

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  • Lizbeth from Iowa

    Yes high schools should, but it should be exercised how it is in the real world, only in cases of defamation. Online bullying is a real epidemic in our world and there should be negative consequences in schools for these actions. But when it comes to projecting one’s opinion it should be treated as that, as their inherent right to freedom of speech.

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  • Renee from Kentucky

    Harmful acts are committed under the umbrella of “Free Speech” every day. Bullying and scamming have become more common as intelligent students are inventing ways to use social media to take advantage of everyone from teens to our elderly. all in the name of free speech. Punish those who obviously skirt the law and punish those abusing the system. It should be policed the same as it would be outside of the social media environment. Keep it a safe place for all to use.

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  • Gabriella from Texas

    I think that if the case was settled on school grounds, such as the victim went to their counselor with evidence, this bill could be made possible. Cyberbullying has become such a huge issue not only to high school students but also middle school students. If we let this kind of harassment continue, we’re only encouraging teenagers to be a false and corrupt image to their own generation.

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  • yichen from Massachusetts

    Yes I agree that students should have the freedom of speeches at school. The right of free speech is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. This fundamental document is created by the Funding Fathers of the United States, so we people in the US should respect and apply it anyhow. Sometimes what students say maybe harmful and more times school should think about students’ advice. We are the people who participate in the school most. Our words matter.

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  • Makayla from Iowa

    Although freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment, when it comes to putting someone in danger or defaming someone the First Amendment should no longer apply. Students should be held responsible for their actions whether it’s on school grounds or not. In school if you are bullying someone, you will most likely get punished for it. The same rules should apply while you are off school grounds.Talking bad about someone on social media is just as bad as saying it in person, and I feel the schools should have the right to step in and discipline the students. Schools should force them to take down the posts, if it happens again, detention/suspension, etc. For those that continue to cyberbully, there should be a mandatory class on cyber bullying/anger management.

    Cyber bullying via social media humiliates the victim more than regular bullying because often times it is anonymous, but always, it is there for the entire world to see.The only reason people bring each other down on social media is because it’s easier to say something while you are behind a computer screen rather than saying it to someone’s face.

    If you want to get a job in the future, your employers have access to all your social media accounts. So why shouldn’t schools? If you have ever posted inappropriate or malicious posts or pictures on social media and an employer sees that, would they still be interested in hiring you? Probably not. Employers usually want to hire people who get along well with others.Your social media accounts show whether that is true or not. Matter of fact, depending on your school district, you are technically under the high schools Good Conduct Policy 24/7. So anything that happens off school grounds can still get you in trouble with the school. I also think that if the school gets involved, they are able to contact the parents, and they can step in and help. Not all parents know what their kids are posting on social media. Furthermore, if students were punished for their actions online, it would hopefully stop them from continuing to cyberbully, and suicide rates would dramatically decrease.

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  • Josh from Massachusetts

    High schools should regulate students speech on social media for reasons. Students should be able to know how to use their social media appropriately. Social media, which is a different identity of a person and the way to know its personality, has now become a major part of daily life in most of people. For example, even though a student looks normal in real life, if he or she blames somebody(celebrities, classmates, etc.) for illogical reason, it should be a object of education in terms of harming others by words, which does not make any physical wounds but psychological hurts which can last forever. To prevent this sort of situation, school should be responsible in terms of an organization of education. Even though some might say that regulation of students using social media breaks the First Amendment, think of the Second Amendment says bearing arms, while teenagers cannot own it for safety. For the same reason , school should be able to punish student speech on social media.

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  • Kaylee from Pennsylvania

    Schools should punish students who say anything bad about a school, a teacher, or a student. Some things should not be punished. An example of something that does not need punished is if a student says that they do not want to do the homework. An example that should be punished is if a student tells a teacher to kill himself.
    According to Rebecca Klein, a student from Kansas made fun of his school’s sports teams. The student said “Heights U” is equivalent to WSU’s football team. The school’s football team was removed in 1986. The school looked at the tweet and punished the student. They found it very inappropriate. According to David Wheeler, a girl named Mary Beth Tinker got punished for wearing a black armband at her school. She was protesting the Veitnam war. The same thing can happen with social media.
    I think some things should have a bad punishment, but some might not need a bad punishment. An example of something that does not need a bad punishment is the student who made fun of his school’s sports teams. He got suspended for doing this. I think he should have got a detention instead of being suspended.
    As you can see, it is best to punish students if they post something bad about a school, a teacher, or another student on social media. Some punishments should not be as bad as others though.

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  • Autumn from Virginia

    I voted ‘yes’ because the student’s focus while attending their high school should not be to use their freedom of speech for simply checking their Facebook, Instragram, Twitter, or Snapchat accounts which could allow them the opportunity to bash another person over the Internet, as they are protected by their anonymity. Students should be focused on their education which could impact their whole lives, as opposed to writing hateful comments one can read online every day.
    If they must have their freedom of speech during school hours, they should use it for good, to help others and to encourage their interests. I might say that, no, they do not need to be punished if they, for instance, create debate videos on common topics teenagers face, such as dealing with the bullying problem online.

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  • Carson from Washington

    I believe that high schools should be able to punish students on social media because as I read “The Atlantic- Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School” there was a student that made a teacher sound like a “hyper-sexual drug addict”. There was also another teacher that was accused of flirting with her students. There needs to be a reasonable cause for character defamation meaning, there needs to be proof to what they’re saying. When there is a situation that large and there is no evidence of what they’re saying the student needs to be punished because that can affect the teachers teaching career and personal life. High schools have a right to punish students that tell lies online that can ruin someones life or even end a life such as cyber bullying.
    I also understand where some of the students become frustrated with their schools because as I read the “Kansas Student class President Suspended for Tweet Mocking School’s Football Team” the school was out of place to suspend the student for a six word tweet. The tweet wasn’t pointed at a specific person and it wasn’t something wrong or terrible it seemed like the student was saying it as a joke nothing serious. I also read the article about the student who would wear a black bracelet the school should of not suspended that student for peacefully protesting it wasn’t like the student was marching right outside of the school making a scene. I argue both sides because I understand what both students and schools are arguing for because students have a right of speech or in one case peaceful protest but to an extent and what I mean by that is that students cant use defamation of character towards a teacher or a school.

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  • Caroline from California

    Yes, Schools should be allowed to punish students over what is said on their social media profiles. For example, last year at my high school a student posted 2 photos of guns with the caption “Watch out on Monday Tigers.” A student saw it and reported it to the administration and the student who initially posted the Facebook status was expelled. We later learned that the guns were airsoft guns and he considered the post a joke.
    Had my school’s administration not been able to take action on this student, who knows what the outcome could have looked like.

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  • Megan from Oregon

    Schools should have the capability to punish kids for things posted on social media. Posts made on social media more than likely carry into school, They will be talked about or shown to other people. Some people would try to argue that events outside of school do not carry over, when in turn from personal experience I know they do.
    Posts can be hurtful to a person or a group of people. When something hurtful is said to someone, it stays with them and can disrupt their capability to learn. Disrupting others’ capability to learn comes in many forms; blurting out in class, wearing distracting attire, playing on a phone, etc. All of those listed disruptions are all things that schools are allowed to punish for. Posting hurtful things on social media is just another form of distraction, therefore schools should be allowed to punish.

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  • AUSTIN from Texas

    I agree that kids should be punished, but to a certain extent. I get it you might not like that person but at the same put yourself in their shoes. Ask yourself “why are they like this?”. Or even better why does it matter of it does not affect me in the first place, why fight care for something that doesn’t even involve you? Another big thing to consider is that the punishment is NOT to make the kid fear but to realize its wrong. Punishment should be used when taken in extreme measures. Consequences when it is not too bad. Lets make it accordingly not too much or too less. I want to make my point clear here, I would want to bring justice to those who deserve it, only because I know how it feels to get bullied.
    Now i’m not saying that topic matter because it really doesn’t what matters is that justice is served before its too late. I have had friends kill themselves because they were bullied, they had pain on the inside and more pain was brought to them and they couldn’t take it anymore. Do we have to wait to get to that point until we realize we took it too far? Does it have to be that way ? I say no.

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  • Kinley from Alabama

    I say yes to a degree in the sense that cyberbullying has become an increasing issue as technology expands. It’s not hard to define bullying speech, especially if it comes off in a threatening way like telling people to go kill themselves and using racial slurs. Free speech is a right granted by the Constitution, however it does not protect hate speech or speech that could potentially harm someone. As students get more socially involved with technology, the more sensitive things get since everything is just involving text at that point. Anyone can just say something on the internet and it be interpreted differently than what the original person wrote, especially when the users are younger. So if schools got slightly more involved in regulating bullying speech, then it would teach others to think before they post carelessly on the internet if they think someone is watching.

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  • Danielle from Texas

    The United States of America functions under a federalist system that balances power between the states and the national government. Individuals are the basis of all the of the power in the system, but they do not directly control any aspect of it. That was by design, as the founding fathers desired the leaders of the nation to be separated from the people to ensure that they would make the best decisions for the country, and not influenced by every whim of the populous. This structure also allowed for the productivity of the country as the people did not need to deal with every individual part of a government, and would entrust their will to the officials they elected. This is the same with the education system. It would be absurd if every person in the community had to vote on the set up of the cafeteria or any other aspects of high schools, even the limitations that school may place upon the freedom of speech. Once the national government gives specific power to the educators then they can act upon those directions in whatever way they see fit. Many would complain saying that the educators should be tied more directly to the will of the people and that they can abuse the power given to them. If that were true, why in politics doesn’t one extremely powerful official take all the power and control everyone and everything? There are many reasons, but the main ones fall into two categories: conflict of interest and the desire of power.
    Schools just like legislatures are made up of groups of individuals. Yes, there are leaders and individuals that hold more power than others, but no one person holds all of the power. In fact, no changes or policies can be recognized, much less implemented, if a majority does not agree. Each individual is driven by their own desire to succeed. That desire is not necessarily evil or corrupt. Iin fact, in this case (and in any other leadership board) it is actually beneficial. This is because the individual desire of success by every person ensures that no one person is allowed to take over and have sole power, as the other members would rebel. James Madison, founding father and fourth president of America, wrote in federalist paper 51 that the multiplying of interests, ” each may be a check on each other” This quote accentuates the need of multiple opinions, for without which our rights and therefore our lives would be violated and subject to violence.
    The other reason that legislatures are not able to steal power is because of their desire for power. All power rests within the people, and the people entrust that power to the government for the protection of their physical and social rights. The people then elect individuals to lead their government and make policies for them. If an elected official is not working for his or her constituents then they will lose their place, or “power”, in the government. This fear of elections drives politicians to act on behalf of their people. The educators are not in fear of election but they do fear the backlash of parents or students so they will not create ridiculous laws that hamper the performance of their schools without cause. OBJECTIVE 8 of the Texas Constitution Education Code states that: “School campuses will maintain a safe and disciplined environment conducive to student learning.” If the speech of another student online attacks or in any way is detrimental to another student or part of the school then it should absolutely be censored. The freedom of speech should provide for a flow of thought that allows society to be liberated and open to creativity. Being free to tell a student to commit suicide does not in any way allow for society to function better.
    Educators will not abuse this right for the same reasons that politicians will not and cannot take over the government. School leadership is a group of people whose opinions and ideas will help balance out radical action, and those members (if they want to retain the jobs) will only go so far as they believe is correct and they are constantly aware and attempting to balance their opinions with the people around them. If we refuse to allow a school board which is as much tied to the rights and privileges of individuals as a politician, to fairly implement rules surrounding topics that are under their authority, then how can we trust any power to any leadership. This intricate balance of views and desire is the best way to ensure that our rights are protected, and for the freedom of expression to be protected.

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  • Munir Baara from Massachusetts

    Schools should have an acess to kids social media. Social media is like a weapon. Social media can be used to spread good enws and show us whats happening in the world. But for mosy uses for teenagers its to gossip post and bully other people. Bulliers should be stopped and the only people who will stop them is the school. Not their parents or the FBI. We can see in a famous example like Amanda Todd where she killed herself for being bullied and she had no voice and no stopped or knew anything.

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  • Nis from California

    Most of current students lives are posted on social media, allowing students to say hate towards each other on social media is unsafe and hurtful. People post on social media to share things they are proud of, not an excuse to hide behind a screen and leave hurtful things on peoples pages. Since the school has the ability to enforce anti-bullying on campus, they should also be responsible towards what the students say online, due to many students not listening to their parents if they said something. Overall, bullying should not be allowed on campus or on social media, and the school should take action if needed, just as well as anyone should.

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  • Mary from Utah

    Schools should be allowed to punish student speech on social media. One reason is that the students represent the school they attend, and, more often than not, students have the name of the school they attend on their social media page. This means that if someone were to post inappropriate things on social media, one could easily view those posts as a reflection of the school and what is deemed “appropriate” or “conducive” to school policy. Because of the likelihood of this happening, any authority figure at a school has the right to view and possibly punish those who put inappropriate posts on social media. However, I believe that one should not be punished for their opinions, simply if the authority disagrees, so long as what was said does not hurt an individual or group of individuals. One must have a very valid reason, like cyber bullying, in order to intervene in a situation on social media. The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights protects the right of every citizen to speak freely and voice their opinion. Seeing as it does not align with what the founding fathers originally intended the First Amendment to guarantee, to punish an individual for voicing their opinion online is not admissible. Just as anyone else can look at one’s social media site, the school has every right to view the page if there arises a need to protect either the student themselves, or other students attending the school.

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  • Leticia from California

    The Supreme Court’s famous 1969 ruling in Tinker v Des Moines Independent Community School District that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” is a great case to point to as guidance considering the Supreme Court has yet to take a case on student’s freedom of expression on social media. Many often misinterpret this ruling and use it as evidence against school districts being able to suspend students for their behavior on social media. In reality, the Supreme Court ruled for students to have freedom of expression, as long as it did not disrupt the educational process. The last part is key and gives schools the right to punish students for their misconduct because often times their behavior does have an effect on other students’ learning, even if they deny doing so. Behavior often punished for is done to prevent gossip, fighting, and bullying. The punishment for misbehavior should be rational and according to the degree of damage caused by the comments said or posted. In regards to comments or posts published outside of school, many often argue that as long as it is done outside of school grounds, after school hours, and off of school owned devices, the student should have the freedom to do as they wish as they are no longer active in school or engaging in school related activities. Again, since there has been no Supreme Court case on this modern issue, we must point to Tinker vs. Des Moines. Yes, students are protected by the First Amendment and diverse perspectives are encouraged, as long as it does not disrupt learning the following day. To conclude, since there has been no set ruling for such a case, we must point to the Tinker vs. Des Moines case for guidance, stating that students do not lose their constitutional rights when entering school, as long as it does not disrupt education. Often times the students being punished are affecting the learning of others, so the schools are forced to take action for the school’s educational environment well-being.

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  • Christina from Massachusetts

    I think high schools should be able to punish student speech in social media. Even if it is in the constitution, things like malicious comments or replies towards the speech can be a great injury to the students who posted it. Students are fragile enough to get traumatized by a single comment and carry the hurt for the rest of their lives. In online, all people have an imaginary mask that hides their personality and become invisible. They don’t even have to use their real name. You have no idea how the person is like in real life. So people can get more offensive, more emotional, and actually don’t care about the person they are commenting to. That’s why I think schools should be allowed to punish and limit student online speech argues.

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  • Jordan from Texas

    Yes, I believe that schools should be able to punish students based off of what they say or do online. Every school that I know of has a handbook or code of conduct that students must abide by, and if that handbook contains a clause ruling against bullying or harassment, it should not matter whether the bullying is happening in person or online.

    First, you must look at what may happen if cyberbullying does not carry consequences. A student may be caught by an administrator bullying another online, but since they know that they won’t get in trouble for it, they will continue. Then, other students may join in, either building up on one person, or spreading it to others. This ultimately may lead to a snowball-effect, causing the bullying problem to grow. Now, some students may become surrounded by online bullies, and it may become so bad of a problem that they cannot simply just exit an app or leave a website. It may surround them, making them feel unsafe. They can’t turn to their counselor, because they know that they have no power to help them. They cannot turn to their principal, knowing he won’t be able to do anything to make it stop. Maybe the only way that that student may see out of it is to end everything. And then boom. One less life that may have made an impact in that community. Most of the bullies will feel bad. Most may feel guilty. But there is no guarantee that they all will, or that they will all remain to feel that way. As days, months, years pass, some may revert to the habit of bullying others online. Nothing bad happened to them this time, so what do they have to worry about? Nothing.

    Of course, that is an extreme case. But if cyberbullying goes unpunished, we will see more extreme cases, such as this, over time. The problem will only get worse.

    Now, there must be limitations in place for a school to intervene. One such limitation is that a school should not be able to punish a student harassing someone outside of their school or district. These cases should be handled differently, as they have nothing to do with the bully’s school. But, if a student is bullying one of their classmates, or even a student at another school that’s in the same district, then yes, they should be punished. Schools that share a district likely share rules and policies, which should make cyberbullying punishable by a school, as long as it’s taking place between students in the same district. Now, if a student bullies someone in a different district, or in a private school other than their own, it should be up to the two schools/districts to work together to determine what punishment is applicable.

    One major argument against my stand may be “well if it isn’t happening at school, then it shouldn’t matter,” but this argument is wrong for two major reasons. Firstly, a student may harass, threaten, or otherwise cyberbully another student during school hours, therefore nullifying the “if it’s not at school it doesn’t count” argument. Second, what about fights that take place before or after school hours? You may argue that they still often take place on school grounds, but the fact that they are after hours means that it is technically not during school. Should those fights be unpunishable? My high school doesn’t seem to think so, considering I’ve seen students receive punishment for fights happening before or after school hours.

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  • Aiden from California

    This is a topic that I could go yes or no. Why Yes or no because If you are bullying someone, the school can punish you. Yet no if you are just being rude the should not punish you.

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  • Jonah from New York

    I believe most students would argue that schools should stay out of their personal lives. Clearly it isn’t up for debate under the law, at least in New York. I would argue that schools should be given the same authority to intervene as a therapist or any other professional counselor: If you’re going to physically or mentally harm someone (including pattern bullying and harassment), or have already harmed someone, it is within the school’s rights to infringe upon your right to “free speech” to punish or put a stop to that activity.

    That being said, I firmly believe schools should be required to attempt to work through parental figures before taking matters into their own hands. Additionally, there are likely instances of anger, rage, or sadness which do not require “punishment” but rather help in the form of compassion and counseling. A school’s immediate reaction should never be to punish, unless some kind of physical crime or (again, REPEATED) bullying is occurring. In other words: Tim calling Bob a smelly dog on social media is not grounds to punish. Tim getting his nine friends to call Bob a smelly dog on everything Bob posts on social media is a stronger case for punishment. Often, bullying is more complex than that, but the argument that “we’re not sure what is bullying speech and what isn’t” isn’t particularly salient because some things clearly are bullying, even on social media.

    School involvement should be determined case by case, and depend on the severity of the infringement. No school should be so intolerant that a small insult lands a kid in detention. The outside world doesn’t operate in that way, not only in regard to first amendment rights but also in relation to the fact that people are not always kind to each other. You can call your senator an incompetent idiot all you want and no harm should ever come to you. However, if you’re being repeatedly harassed by someone in the adult world, or you receive a threat of violence, you CAN pursue legal or police action. Schools should be no different.

    All of that being said, it can be difficult to differentiate between a single-event incident and a larger bullying issue. Bullying might happen frequently in person between these individuals, but infrequently (while still occasionally) on social media. Schools could launch an investigation, or they could just ask the student (or other students around them) if there’s anything else they want to report on the matter.

    It’s certainly a complex issue, and there are even facets to it that reach beyond what I mentioned. There are circumstances where parents are completely disengaged from their children’s lives and in those cases, if the school didn’t intervene, no one would. As such, whether or not schools should be able to punish kids for speech on social media goes well beyond a simple “yes” or “no” answer. Ultimately, while it feels a touch Orwellian to be monitored by your school, I’d argue that as long as you’re not literally hurting someone or bullying, which are things you shouldn’t be doing anyway, at least under my rule, you won’t have an issue.

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  • Talisa from California

    While high school may seem like its own bubble in the “real world”, it is actually modeled after our system of government. Public high school especially is the only sort of contact an underage citizen really has with the government, therefore it acts as a stepping block into a more nuanced and vast system of consequences, punishments, and rewards. One of the most substantial cases when looking at the precedent established in regards to the power of school officials is New Jersey vs. TLO. A case that established reasonable suspicion in schools rather than probable cause, we can see that public schools have different and specialized ways of of punishing students as well as holding those students accountable for their actions. This lowering of standards when in the context of a public school was implemented to “protect the very safety of students and school personnel”. By putting student and staff safety first and foremost, we can see that with this court precedent that a form of punishment for use of social media is completely justified by school officials who are essentially government officials themselves thanks to New Jersey vs. TLO. Although yes, students may be acting outside physical boundaries where school jurisdiction applies, what is the alternative? Subjecting an minor to much more harsh and unforgiving consequences that have a chance of remaining on a record? By looking strictly at NJ vs. TLO, it becomes clear that schools are a) able to function differently and treat students in a unique manner outside of regular system of law, and b) minors lose certain rights and privileges as students under a mini-model of government and must be held accountable for their actions as members of this small society in order to make a larger and more positive impact when they are ready to graduate into the larger society we are all a part of.

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  • Carolyn from New York

    I believe that schools should be able to punish their students for what they post on social media. The students are physical representations of the school; if something so awful is posted on social media and a legal battle ensues, the school could potentially be in jeopardy. In both private and public schools, the administration has the right to a say in what the students post, especially if the school’s reputation is directly involved. Although in one case, the students are paying to attend the school, and in the other case, the cost of attendance is free, this concept of intervening when necessary is the same for both cases. I believe that schools should let students be able to express themselves through appropriate speech, clothing accessories, etc. If a student is deliberately using inappropriate words and/or actions, the school should be able to discipline the student; however, the line is crossed if the school is completely controlling students’ personal social media accounts (i.e. editing posts before they are posted, banning all social media, etc.) In conclusion, there are many different opinions on this topic; I believe that schools of all levels, both public and private, should have the right to discipline their students pertaining to their social media posts.

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  • Selma from New York

      In America, there are many rules to follow in order to remain present with social standings. Over the years, it has become even harder to remain in this order society has for many years, attempted to mold us into the model citizens of the future. Thanks to the rise of the Internet, children of all ages have ripped each other apart, and out of the most arrogant reasons. Most of the “teasing” can be very serious and so unbearable that the victim has no choice, but to take their own life. There are many ways to prevent this. And if the school system can help, then let it be. Or can they? Do schools have the Constitutional right to interfere between “duels” on the internet? I say, yes.
     We go on Snapchat to snap our friends. To keep adding on to our streak. One Snap after another. We may think that it’s harmless fun. Commenting on the most popular Music.lys to stay in the loop. Because it’s all people can talk about. Because if you don’t stay in the loop, you are an outcast. A “Social-flaw.” When I think of free speech, I think of writing my feelings, talking to my friends about what’s wrong with people today. But, there’s an even darker side of free speech. When we are given something, we abuse it. It’s a true fact. When we are given phones, most of us rack up our data. When we are given money, we abuse it, and it’s the same on Social Media. In the past 15 years, there has been a rise of suicidal deaths. Primarily in female deaths. Now why is this? This is 2017. We have more respect for women now. No. We don’t. Yes, we can vote. And yes, we are somehow equal. But not equal enough. In this “perfect” world, there is still Domestic Violence. In many people’s opinions, the man still controls the household. It shouldn’t be this way. We are improving our technology everyday, but why not our equality? When we implement this in our youth,  they have the same opinion. Because what Mom and Dad says it’s what they stand for, the only way it SHOULD be, children think that their opinion has to be correct. Because if they don’t believe what they say, truth is, they might earn themselves a slap of opinion. Girls are getting body shamed, and ashamed from what other people have to say. One clear example is the Amanda Todd story. This YouTube story has hit over 22,000,000 views. It’s a rather sad story about a young Canadian teenager. Her story starts after a vulgar picture was leaked by a person off the Internet. Though this isn’t in direct contact with students from her school, Amanda was very badly bullied at school. Sadly, the teen committed suicide shortly after she posted the video. Why do I bring this up? Because our parents have taught us that if we say something that’s not right, not up to society’s regulations, that we say something. We have learned in this day and age that if we see something wrong, we tell it to other people, or the person’s face. Am I saying that it’s our parents fault? Of course not. Am I saying that it’s our fault? Yes, I am.  
     So, why was that so important? This issue has skyrocketed and we’ve done close to nothing to solve it. Yes, we can become nicer to each other and respectful, but the sad truth is, we live in a very sick world. We might treat each other with better respect, but there will still be people who plague this world just to make people feel bad about themselves.
     Is there something in our own Constitution that allows Schools to interfere? In fact, there is. In Loco Parentis states that when we are in the school’s custody, the school should act like the student’s parent. Thus, they can provide rules for our well-being in order to protect us. When you are at home, you most likely have rules you must follow, and there are consequences for every rule broken. In my school’s Code of Conduct,  under Level I infractions, are rules including inappropriate social interaction. The Laws say, “including cyber-threatening and sexting, is also prohibited.” There are 6 consequences for breaking any of these rules. 3 to 5 day suspension, parent conference, meeting with the Superintendent, a  Superintendent hearing, Counseling, and a Police Report.  
      If we are under the custody of schools, have all these bylaws we have to follow, how is a rulebook going to do anything? Just because there is a rule in our Constitution doesn’t mean people will follow. You still see people parading around school carrying the newest iPhone or the all new Samsung, and it’s right in the Code of Conduct. NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED! But, who cares? What’s the Principal going to do about it? Same about this bullying. During the day, people go on to Instagram and downgrade others. Rumors, gossip. Constantly. We might be teasing Hannah for her outrageous looking haircut or laughing at Carmen for wearing the same dress the most popular girl at school was wearing at the huge Spring Dance. There’s a fine-line between a little teasing and full-on bullying. One is just playful, and the other could destroy. And at the peak of High School, there might be many consequences that follow. And who’s stopping them? One thing is made very clear: High Schools should punish the cruel, because like most things, there’s a rule for it.
      

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  • Katie from South Carolina

    This is a tricky yet relevant topic of debate. Schools should be allowed to punish students posting negative, vulgar things to social media if they involve other students or school faculty. Schools should not be allowed to interfere with student’s social media if they do not actively involve other students or school faculty, because it has no relevance to the school at that point.
    A school’s job is to protect and educate it’s students. If a school stands idle in the face of cyber bullying, the school is choosing the side of the bully. While this may be true, a school cannot overstep it’s boundaries. In Tinker V. Des Moines, the students had no right to be punished. They were peacefully protesting war, which is a right protected by the first amendment. There was no vulgarity, only peaceful protest. However, in Bethel V. Fraser, the Bethel School District had every right to punish Fraser because he, while representing his school in the student body, made the choice to be vulgar. While leading the student body, one should practice discipline and manners- and if they fail to do so, they need to be reprimanded. If they aren’t, it’ll paint the school to be a pushover.
    Overall, high schools should punish students who post vulgar or inappropriate things online that involve other students or faculty to uphold the reputation of the school and the safety of the students.

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  • Adriana from California

    I agree with the idea that schools should punish students for posting negative things on social media. However because there is no definite definition or universally agreed upon definition on what is allowed and what is not, it should be limited because you can be hurting someone else.

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  • Jasmine from Texas

    I believe that schools have the right to regulate what students post on the internet. In the 21st century, social media is everything! It comes in handy in many cases but it can also create havoc when it comes to our students. If schools have a say in what is said and done on the internet, there will be a dramatic cut-down on cyber bullies. This, of course, is a great thing. I don’t think that schools have the right to “dictate” what students post, however, up to a certain point, schools should be able to decide what isn’t appropriate.

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  • Kori from Massachusetts

    Although the right to free speech is granted under the First Amendment schools should be able to punish for social media negative posting if it may put any student in danger. Students belive by giving their freedom of speech online they can get away with it. Many lives of kids and young teens are taken from them when they commiet suicide for caring what others have to say about them online. Bullying can cause a student to lose self-
    esteem, cause stress and depression, and interfere with the students learning ability. Schools should be involved and be able to disapline if realizing a child may be in danger. They should be allowed to report it and notify the parents that may not already be aware. For households that are unaware of their child’s social media life they can be blind to see their child can become a victim of self harm caused by other students words and actions. With schools taking disciplinary action for online bullying, the risk of suicide will decrease and students will feel like school is a safer environment.

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  • Josmar from Florida

    One can contend that schools should be able to punish a students due to what they post on social media such as: Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram. Some people think that they should be able to get in trouble because most of the posts students put on social media (majority on Facebook) are threatening or hurtful words. Some people have different notions that they should not be punished due to the fact that they think they should have freedom of speech. Which can correlate to the Tinker v. Des Moines, Iowa, which some kids wore armbands to school and got suspended for protesting against the Vietnam War.
    In my opinion, I support the idea that they should get in trouble in school due to what they post on social. The reason of behind my belief is due to the fact is because some schools in the past have received threats on social media saying that that person is going to shoot up a school. Which relates to the “Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser” when that kid kept saying inappropriate things to the whole school. My opinion correlates with this case because both are saying inappropriate things and a lot of people see it. In conclusion, these were my opinions towards the question of whether students should get in trouble or not for what they do in social media.

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  • Wangsichen from Massachusetts

    School need made student contorl self more and more. When students grow up, no one can control them, so make the rule and let it make “inertia” to student. It will making the education of high school to a higher Level.

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  • Curtis from Ohio

    Should High School be able to punish students on social media? I think yes High Schools should be able to punish students speech on social media because if a student posted something bad on social media. High Schools should be able to punish you on social media because you could be offending somebody or you could be cyber bullying and the schools should be able to punish you because you are hurting somebody. Even if you don’t mean to and the school could suspend you or expell you. I think it should depend on what you did or what you posted on social media. Tinker says” If we don’t encourage young people to use their first amendments rights,our society is deprived of their creativity, energy,and new ideas.” Also Wes Teagues said “Height U” is equalivalent to WSU’s football team.”

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  • Kayla from Virginia

    Having grown up in a digital generation, I have witnessed firsthand how high school students deem themselves as invincible on social media. What high school students fail to realize, however, is that employers and colleges both utilize social media accounts as a judge of character. In addition, nothing is ever completely deleted from the internet. In regards to social media accounts, nothing that a high school student posts can be hidden from an employer or college.

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  • emily from Ohio

    In my opinion i think that they should be able to punish students for things that they say on social media. I think that because if a kid is being bullied and that extends beyond just school the next thing would most likely be social media David R Wheeler Says “Schools reagurlay punish students for online comments, even if those comments are made away from school property and after school hours” Yes even if it is after school it can still have the same effects. David R Wheeler also says”Second schools can punish students for comments after school hours” This was actually an admnendt

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  • Hayley from Texas

    I believe that schools should be allowed to punish someone for comments on social media, as long as that comment has caused harm to another person. We are guaranteed the right to free speech, but negative comments that can harm someone else, deserve to be punished. However, I think that it would be unfair to punish someone if they were unaware of the consequences of their actions; but, if they are warned/told to not repeat the action, as it is causing harm, and they continue that same behavior, then it warrants a punishment. If it was unrestricted, then it leaves an open door for cyber bullying or defamation of another student.

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  • Wyatt from Ohio

    Should high schools be able to punish student speech on social media? If the high schoolers are caught posting something inappropriate and there is evidence on the student then he/she shall be punished. At the time the Vietnam War, a junior high student wore a black arm band and was suspended from school and went to Supreme Court, this was found on ” The Atlantic”. Another story of a senior at a high school in Kansas insulted his schools athletics and the Wichita State University Football Team and this was found on “The Huffington Post”. When you think about posting something on social media make sure it is clean, won’t hurt anyone, and isn’t disrespectful. The world doesn’t revolve around you, there are other people on this Earth. Remember to be respectful to whoever you are talking too and think before you post. Atlantic ” The school promptly suspended her, protest eventually led to a landmark Supreme Court Case “. “Students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression on the schoolhouse gate -Vindicated Tinker “. ” “Heights U is equivalent to WSU’s football team,” – Wes Teague Huffington Post

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  • Madison from Pennsylvania

    High school should be able to punish students for posting negative speeches on social media. That is only because in this generation, many people take things way too seriously and are offended by things that are so little. With what the world is going through now with bombing and terrorist attacks, anyone can say they have a weapon or they are planning a school shooting. they should be punished.

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  • Carl from California

    If there are no repercussions set in place by high schools then there is no accountability for the student’s actions. Our words are being valued less and less, and if something hurtful is put out by a student then there need to be consequences. Post made by students about school specific matters can be dealt with by the school as an internal conflict, but comments about equally disruptive things need to be tracked too. Law enforcement does not have the infrastructure to deal with every post students make within their jurisdiction. Schools are local communities that have access to what is being talked about by students all the time and are able to check in on them regularly. They can use this access to alert parents or legal authorities based on the severity of the post.

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  • Chasta from Ohio

    Yes high schools should be able to punish student speech on social media because even if the student was being rude or just making a joke the school need to stop it as soon as possible. In the article “Wesley Teague, Kansas Student, Suspended After Tweeting About High School Sport Program, Wesley Teague got suspended for tweeting ” Height U is equivalent to WSU’s football team”. What Wesley mean is that the schools athletics was like Wichita Eagle football team. This was hurtful to students, coaches, parents, and staff that work at the school because WSU football team was banned in 1986. Also in the article “Do Students Still Have Free Speech in Schools”, Mary Beth Tinker go suspended for wearing a black arm band to school. She was protesting the Vietnam War. Mary Beth case ended up in the Supreme Court. They said she had freedom of speech and she should have never gotten in trouble. I disagree with this article. Yes Mary Beth can protest all she wants, but if the school doesn’t want you wearing certain things, you should follow the schools rules. In conclusion, I believe students should be punished when they tweet or post inappropriate mean, rude things about school the staff and students. This can help make the students better people and it keeps the school clean and appropriate for the staff and students.

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  • Lexy from Ohio

    High schools should be able to punish students speech on social media under certain circumstances. Students should be able to post what they like, but when it comes to bullying or harassing someone I believe the school should get involved. Imagine someone bulling you and posting about it on their feed along with some of your secrets. Freedom of Speech? You could say that, but I think a better word for that is bullying and the school needs to get involved right away so they can stop it. According to http://www.huffingtonpost.com a teen named Wes Teague got suspended for disrespecting his schools football team online. “Wesley posted some very inappropriate tweets about the heights athletic teams, aggressively disrespecting many athletics.” According to the law, this could be counted as harassment for “Violating the claimants dignity.” I believe this is something the school should deal with. When teens find out they can say rude things on the internet without getting in trouble it could follow into real life as well. Another website called http://www.theatlantic.com they talk about how some students created a fake account of their teacher as a “hyper sexualized drug addict.” The law states students cannot make “any online comments meant to intimidate or torment a school employee.” and these students made a whole account of him! It seems like its all fun and games at first, but thats a persons life you’re messing with. If your teacher wanted to apply for another job and they found that account, I can guarantee not many people are going to want to have you hired. You could get into major trouble with that with the police. You should be lucky if all you get is suspended. This is when I know cyber bullying has been taken too far and someone needs to get involved.

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  • Iceius from Ohio

    High school students should be able to punish school speech on social media because it’s their account. Also in the article Do Students have Free Speech in School it say’s “Mary Beth Tinker was 13 years old, she wore a black armband to school to protest the Vietnam War” and in the rest of the article it says “the school promptly suspended her”. My last reason for this is that I think all students should be able to express themselves unless its inappropriate or violates the schools rules. That’s why I think high school students should be aloud to to speak or express themselves freely.

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  • Austin from Ohio

    High schools should be able to punish student speech on social media because An example would be In Kansas hight school class president was suspended for a twitter post that was making fun of his school’s football team.The text states that Wesley posted inappropriate tweets about the Heights athletic teams disrespecting many athletes. An example would also be Mary Beth Tinker wore a black armband to school to protest the Vietnam War and she got suspended. This shows that hight schools should be able to punish student speech on social media.

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    • Ian from Massachusetts

      How would wearing an armband be associated with any form of social media. School’s should not be allowed to discipline kids outside of school matters. The football team issue was within school jurisdiction which should have the school held accountable but anything outside their jurisdiction is no business by the school.

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  • Joshua from Arizona

    I believe schools have the right to punish students based on what they say on social media. Countless amounts of students have been bullied over social media. Many have even killed themselves because of cyber bullying. Take for instance Megan Meier, who took her own life when she was being bullied, supposedly by a person at school. Although, the law states that a student can not be punished unless on school grounds, bullying on social media caries over to the school. Students who commit a crime, such as harassment on social media should be subject to punishment in or out of school.

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  • Gunnar from Pennsylvania

    Freedom is something that everyone should have a little bit of and even for freedom of speech.

    So if you were online and you said you didn’t like the way that the referees were making calls that you didn’t like then you can then say something. However if you post things like I think that the referee was blind and call them names that’s not ok. Because then the referee might be offended or he could then say things back.

    Even if you were making fun of another school that whole school might get offended and then start like a riot or have battles between schools. Like WSU football team and said they were bad according to Klein and the kid didn’t even get punished.

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  • Rebeca from Texas

    Schools should be able to punish students ,but only if what the student is saying is harmful to others of the school or the student themselves. Students do have their freedom of speech and that cannot be taken away by anyone. However, once a student starts saying derogatory terms, harasses other, or violence can be incited from what they say, then the school should be involved. The Constitution protects freedom of speech but once libel, slander, and threats become involved, then the student’s right can become null. School’s are were most students spend their time and even though their social media activity is not always at school, more than likely, the incidents or posts stated on student social media took place at school. Therefore, the school should look into these activities and determine whether or not their action is necessary in the first place before punishing students. If any incidents mentioned on social media that seem to be wrong or inappropriate are found to have been at school or a school like function then the school should be able to look into the incident first. Then, if punishment is due, then would be appropriate for the school to take action to resolve issued and punish the student(s) if needed.

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  • Austin from Pennsylvania

    Schools should be allowed to punish students based upon what they post on social media. I believe this because, if a student was to post a threat on social media that imposes harm upon another student, they should be punished for that by the school and law enforcement. Anything that gets posted online should have the same consequences as if it was said to someone in person.

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  • Jenny from Texas

    Everyone has freedom of speech guaranteed under the Bill of Rights. But this does not guarantee all speech. Speech that presents clear and present danger can be limited. Speech that includes slander is liable. Hate speech may be protected, but if it shows intended violence to be provoked, it can be limited. All these forms of speech that can be limited should therefore be able to be punished.

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  • Cianda from Tennessee

    When I think of this I think of the movie Cyberbully. The girl tried to kill herself and could not go back to her school for months because of stuff that was happening online. Other students had created a page for people from that school to do whatever they wanted on, and a lot of people began to make fun of this girl. If the school had known about this website and all of the bad things being said on there, they could have at least shut it down and hopefully punished the students who were telling her to kill herself. Situations like this occur often; it has even occurred in my high school in a small county.

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  • Andrew from Pennsylvania

    Yes kids should be punished for what they say online if it involves the school or anyone associated with the school. If you say something about the school that could harm the school or someone in the school. Even if you say it was a joke it doesn’t matter if you said it someone could take the wrong way and harm themselves. A guy named Edward Darden said about shirts some shirts should be punished but some of the shirts that get punished aren’t sometimes bad. Like back in the sixties there was a case called Tinker vs. Des Moines. The case was about she wore a black band around her arm to say she doesn’t support the Vietnam War. That offended many people in the school but that’s like if you wore a shirt that would offend her and you would say it didn’t offend anybody else it offended her. So should you get punished for what you wear to the school yes there should be some shirts that are too bad for school. Another topic would be a kid named Wesley Teague he was a very smart and athletic kid. One night he went home and got on the internet and Tweeted something about his school. He tweeted HeightsU is like WSU which is a football league that was disbanded in 1986. His school then saw this and too a big offence to this. The school then expelled him for the remainder of the school year. Now should he get punished for saying that? My answer is yes he should because it could offend the school but he shouldn’t be expelled he should have gotten a detention or maybe in school suspension. So to wrap this up you should be punished to an extent if you say anything that could offend the school or anyone associated with the school

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  • Kody from Pennsylvania

    Yes, schools should be able to punish student depending on what they say. If a student says a post related to someone killing themselves or or a terroristic threat they should be punished, in the case of Wesley Teague was wrong. The article by Rebecca Klein says that Wesley said “Heights U is equivalent to WSU’s football team” the WSU football team doesn’t exist anymore. This made the school and the football team very mad. The school suspended him for the rest of the year. This was too much because what he said was nothing major. According to David R. Wheeler in 1965 Mary Beth Tinker a 13 year old wore a black armband to her high school to protest the Vietnam War. The school immediately suspended her. Her protest led to a supreme court case. The case talked about the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech. But if she can wear an armband since she is a citizen of the US why can’t we post certain things about the school without getting in trouble. Yes I believe that the school should punish us if we post something like the school should be blown up or this person should kill themself yes then they should, but if somebody post something like what Wesley Teague posted then they shouldn’t. The school should only be able to punish them if they post a threat to somebody in school or a threat to the school they should. If it isn’t a threat to a kid in school or a threat to the school they should not be punished. The school should have the right to punish us if we post a threat. If we post something like “The football team is bad” or “Math class sucks” we should not be punished. The school has a limit on what they should be able to punish us about. But the main point is that schools should have right to punish us depending on what we put on social media.

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  • Kaylee from Pennsylvania

    Schools should punish students who say anything bad about a school, a teacher, or a student. Some things should not be punished. An example of something that does not need punished is if a student says that they do not want to do the homework. An example that should be punished is if a student tells a teacher to kill himself.
    According to Rebecca Klein, a student from Kansas made fun of his school’s sports teams. The student said “Heights U” is equivalent to WSU’s football team. The school’s football team was removed in 1986. The school looked at the tweet and punished the student. They found it very inappropriate. According to David Wheeler, a girl named Mary Beth Tinker got punished for wearing a black armband at her school. She was protesting the Veitnam war. The same thing can happen with social media.
    I think some things should have a bad punishment, but some might not need a bad punishment. An example of something that does not need a bad punishment is the student who made fun of his school’s sports teams. He got suspended for doing this. I think he should have got a detention instead of being suspended.
    As you can see, it is best to punish students if they post something bad about a school, a teacher, or another student on social media. Some punishments should not be as bad as others though.

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  • Savannah from Illinois

    If students just put their personal information for people to see, they are subject to at least questioning as well as punishment from their school. This applies if it is bullying another student, threatening the school, or talking about personal harm. The school may think that no one else will intervene and if it is brought to their attention I believe they have the right to step in if it is life threatening or emotionally threatening.

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  • Anahi from Florida

    The First Amendment can be extremely controversial, Due to individuals using their First Amendment as an excuse to use vulgar and uncivil diction. In terms of school students lose some of their rights as is, However, should high schools be able to punish student speech on social media? One can contend, once we are out of school we are no longer the schools problem and what we do outside of campus should not be monitored by anyone but our parents. Being a student in high school i feel the necessity to be protected at all times while in school, occasionally conflicts arise off campus and are brought on campus by the scholars themselves, so indeed i agree schools should be able to punish us for our social media post especially if it is threatening to other students.
    In the court case Bethel School District V. Fraser 17-year old Matthew Fraser was suspended for two days for a speech he presented in front of 600 students that was lewd. Although the student never used inappropriate words his intentions were very clear, Furthermore, let’s say he expressed himself properly but his speech was threatening is it then okay for the school to take disciplinary measures or is he protected under his First Amendment rights? High school staff and administrators try to ensure all students have a safe learning environment each and every day they come to school but with the quantity of students being higher than that of staff members this can present some issues. The high school i attend had quite a scare two years when an app called yik yak went viral, students were using this app to express their feelings about other students and most of the post were hateful and cruel. The app let its users remain anonymous therefore, you could post anything you wanted. One of those post included a threatening comment that stated “i’m going to blow the school up”. Of course post like these are not taking lightly and the student had to face the consequences.
    Perhaps, this student was joking since everyone was using this app as a way to write anything that could come to mind. But, there have been situations in which the student was not kidding and committed a serious crime. I’m thankful the situation was handled the way it was and that my high school was able to punish a student for something that was written online in which the outcome could’ve been much worse.

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  • Isaiah from Florida

    Although not everyone will agree, I want to present the notion that it is fair if schools supervise and or punish students for what they post on social media. In my own personal opinion, I believe it is the only sane thing to do with so much cyberbullying going on in today’s world. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC (The Centers for Disease Control). With the numbers climbing year by year, this should alert schools across America to supervise any social media possible just in case. If there is someone being bullied via Facebook or any other social media, even after school hours, there should be consequences waiting on the bully when he returns back to school the following day.

    Say a student does commit suicide, who is to blame? Of course the bully gets blame as an immediate cause but he is not the only one who should be at fault. As a principle it is your duty to keep all of your students safe, not just the popular kids or just the smart ones but all of the students including the “nerds” and the “outcasts” should be able to feel safe, just like anyone else. If there is something going on in the virtual world that spills into the real world and makes it way back to your school, then of course you should take action to ensure the saftey of the student.

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  • Adrian from Florida

    The notion of schools being able to punish students for something that was written out of the school environment may be seen as breaching one of the salient rights that has been granted to the citizens of the United States of America.Within in my opinion the freedom of speech should be limited on social media.The imputes of my decision may cause a disturbance in the classroom leading the students attention to be else where.The example of this would be the supreme court cases of Bethel school district vs. Fraser which plays a paramount role in this discussion.The cases was about a student giving a very lewd speech to the student body which than lead the students to discuss the vulgar speech in class which took time from the school’s educational system.Certain statement can be posted on social media which can carry on at schools such as fights and bullying.Which in some cases can lead to the worst outcomes.Spoken about this is stopbullinyg.gov has mentioned that students that are bullied would miss, skip or dropout of school as well of avoid any use of social media to avoid the student that may be causing physical or mental abuse.Which will disrupt the learning environment and take the attention away of the purpose of being in school which is to learn to better ourselves by gaining what is needed to strive in any path we choose.
    That compared to other forms of freedom of speech is the silent protest which was demonstrated in the cases of Tinker vs. Des Moines.Which of the use of wearing armbands without any intent to induce any problem in classrooms.Not speaking openly about what they were opposing.While the three student did not draw any attention to themselves while working in the classroom.This protest did not distract other students from what they were supposed to do or took time from the teachers from teaching the class.As well causing no problems among other students and lead to no outburst of physical or mental actions.

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  • Alisha from Oklahoma

    When I consider whether or not certain things posted on social media should be punishable in school, one thing comes to mind: the right of freedom of speech stated in the First Amendment to our Constitution. It states that Congress “shall shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” This seems like it should apply to all aspects of life, theoretically. If one is not committing a crime through their words, perhaps they should get to say what they want, even on social media, right? Wrong. The Constitution was signed over 200 years ago. This was before there were so many societal issues that speech could provoke. For example, back in the 1700s, before there were common terrorism threats, someone mentioning a bomb would probably be laughed at (because the only bomb-like contraptions they had were huge and unattainable), whereas talking about bombs today would likely get one arrested, searched thoroughly, and/or interrogated. The First Amendment was also ratified in a time long before the idea of Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram was even dreamt of. In many ways, this “freedom of speech” granted to us seems a bit out of context, if not obsolete. Talking about terrorism, suicide, murder, or any other such topic will get you in trouble today, whether it’s online or not, whether it’s in school or not. Things you say verbally outside of school often impact your in-school experience, so why would social media be any different? Watch what you say. Don’t post or tell anyone anything you wouldn’t say to your high school principal. I will without hesitation state that I think anything posted, said, or done out of school that breaks school rules should still be punishable by your school.

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  • Terry from Virginia

    Students need to be punished for what they post because what happens on the internet outside of school carries into school. All i hear in class is what people post on social media. A lot of it is what causes the drama inside of school. The things people say are derogatory , demeaning , and degrading and can seriously affect someones emotional and mental health. This can cause a decline in school performance seriously. Schools need to be involved in social media post with students to protect everyone.

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  • Donovan from Florida

    I agree that students should be able to get in trouble for what they put on social media. Because like the case bethel which a student did a inappropriate speech in front of the whole school. Social media can have the same effects that the student had. For example students can be making fun of another student on social media at home. But then the next day at school the student that was being made fun of can see the other student and begin to start a fight so at this point the whole school is being disrupted because one student was making fun of the next on social media.
    The social media case is not like the tinker case where students protest but they did it quietly with wrist bands. Social media has been a big problem going on throughout the years. Because when students get on social media they pick and joke on less fortunate students and that can lead to the following, school shootings, fights, or suicide. So i believe that if the school can stop this why not let them control it so we can save the lives of kids were getting bullied or who are getting bullied.

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  • Sandra from Florida

    High Schools should be able to punish students speech on social media because there is a lot of individuals who use social media as a threat. I agree that social media should be punishable, there is so much going on in social media that involves other students and sometimes teachers are also being included. According to Bethels case, freedom of speech should not be used to have that kind of negative language in schools where hundreds of kids are being present. My answer relates to Bethels regarding to punishing their negative content on their speech. I highly agree on punishing student speech on social media, a lot of kids now a days seem to use social media to criticize the law, and also make public treats. A lot of kids are also being bullied through comments on social media.
    My answer does not relates to Tinkers case, because having different opinions on something without doing no harm can’t be punished. Freedom of speech should be use for standing up for our rights and not to mistreat a society. There’s hundreds of students who use social media to impress their what so called “followers”, publishing not so good comments without realizing what’s being said on social media is public.

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  • kwan from Florida

    One can contend, that public schools such as a high school should not be punished due to the fact of freedom of speech on social media. However, I disagree , I feel that if a student is being inappropriate or talking down on a certain situation that has to do with a person or incident on campus, that there should be some kind of consequence. Going back to the case of Bethel he confronted a inappropriate speech in front of the entire school, which deals with underclass students who may have been really offended by what he said. However some freedom of speech should come along with social media if it is professionally done like case of Tinker.
    Furthermore, students who take situations to social media and it drags problems onto school campus, which escalates to violence there definitely should be a consequence. People sometimes don’t fully understand some of the harsh things students have to go through also, cyberbullying is real and can cause serious mental and physical abuse. It could lead to fights, disruption, some students lose focus on school work, and the most significant it could lead to suicide. Some students may feel that social media just because it is off campus, that the school board should have no control over what they do or say, but i feel once they learn what some kids go through that they don’t know about , their whole perspective will change. The school board only wants to help and keep everyone safe and attend school to learn and become successful young adults, i fully without a doubt agree that high schools should be able to punish students on social media, because for some people that may be the only protection they have.

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  • Amber from Ohio

    comments intentional trying to hurt someone is endangering a person’s mental health.

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  • tye from Missouri

    if its bullying reason then that would be not right and in some cases people only go to school to talk about servant things and not there parents.

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  • Hunter from Arkansas

    i honestly believe that schools have the right to punish student for posting on social media. Especially if it is Detrimental to a race, another peer in the school, or negative content that reflex badly on the school. yes, it is a constitutional right to have the freedom of speech but it wasn’t solely made for the purpose that we can say what ever we want with no punishment weather it is formal through speech or informal through pictures . There are many students today in high schools all over the world struggling with cyber bullying which is causing the suicide rate in teens to grow higher. schools should be able to intervene if they Start noticing the student is being harassed to the point of harming themselves. wouldn’t you want the school to intervene if your child was being attacked through social media. Also is some of the students started to make racial comments and form an anti racial movement inside and out side of school i believe the school system should intervene for the reason that the student are abusing there freedom of speech most likely to start a conflict.

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  • Gabriela from Massachusetts

    Schools should be able to punish students for creating inappropriate social media posts. The posts represent the people and school in a negative way and destroy reputations. Bad posts are a reflection of poor judgement, and schools do not need the behavior influencing the other students, disrupting the learning environment, or representing the school horribly.

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  • Hannah from Connecticut

    I believe that schools should have the right to enact punishment based on social media posts in the context that the constitution puts free speech under. I think that school systems should only resort to punishment when the post puts someone in danger, whether that is themselves, another student of that high school, a younger kid from a different area, an adult–anyone. Our founding fathers designed our constitution with the intent to protect the citizens of the United States, so isn’t that what we should be doing?
    I don’t believe that schools should be hiring staff to pick through the social media accounts of students, however. That time and money could much better be spent on something else, like arts departments that schools are continuing to drop or do not have because of their budgets. I think that social media issues should be addressed when they are brought to the attention of a staff member. If a student is in danger, or a student is putting someone from another town or school in danger, the issue should be taken seriously. Students are not going to be focused on their education if they are in harm’s way, are a threat, or even hearing gossip about the problem. Cyber bullying, violence, drug use, and depression on social media are serious topics that schools should pay attention to in attempt to prevent anything tragic from happening.

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  • Brian from New Hampshire

    I am on both sides of this argument. Yes, student speech should be punishable by High Schools if there is a particular threat to a student or employee of the school and /or threat to do damage to the school building(s), if it is stated on social media. Unfortunately, currently in our society, there is much mental illness and such threats cannot be taken lightly by schools or law enforcement agencies. If there is a threat or even talk on social media targeting a particular person or place, for the safety of individuals, the perpetrator should be spoken to and/or punished by the High School.

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  • Esperanza from Texas

    We all want to believe that our social media accounts are our privacy, but truth is they are not! So if a company can fire an employee, or a student could lose a good scholarship because of something they posted, why can’t a student be punished for something they also posted? Schools should be allowed to punish students for the negative impacts they make through post on social media. Our post are not as private as we think they are, so they are going to be seen whether we want them to or not. If someone is making rude comments/bullying someone on social media are you just going to let it fly by? If someone post a negative comment about they school on social media is that school just going to sit there and let their reputation be ruined? Just like any other punishment, the consequence to the student would depend on how bad the post was. Like it was mentioned earlier, even if the school can’t see your post right away, if it is bad enough there’s a chance someone (that’s your friend on the website) would find a way to tell someone.

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  • Rebeca from Florida

    High schools should punish student speech on social media, because there is many cruel comments without being reprimanded. You have the right to speak in Tinker but allowing someone to get away what they desired to comment about you, is not a good feeling. Communication is an instant across the world and become enemies cyberbullying. Expressing yourself with others in a discourteous way is not illegal but immoral. Many people chose no because they are going for the “Bill of Rights gives of freedom speech.”
    Many high school students can take it to the next level for immoral. They say things online that they would not dare to say in reality. Posting those inappropriate comments on social media is not the best way to accomplish or express your opinion about others. Authority is needed in schools, because that is where students interact, spend most of their time and learning to deal with their classmates. High school students should have the right to limit students’ speech on social media if the post causes disruption in the classroom and lead to Bethel.

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  • Shania from Georgia

    I think that schools should be able to punish students for things they post on social media. As a public government funded institution schools have the right to monitor what students post. It is only fair that for the safety of the school environment, just like teachers students should be monitored as well. A school monitoring system could prevent numerous cases of cyber bullying and the havoc it wreaks on people’s live.

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  • Haley from Iowa

    Yes, schools should be able to punish student speech on social media. Nowadays, social media can be very harmful to student’s emotional lives. Cyberbullying is happening everywhere, all the time. If schools are allowed to punish students, it will become a more open punishment, making the student less likely to do it again.

    I think public schools should have a required class about social media, explaining how it is important to know what you are posting. Posting an inappropriate comment could make someone lose a job, get in trouble at school, or potentially cause someone to kill themselves over the cyberbullying. It is important to get awareness out about cyberbullying and prevent it from happening.

    Often times in my school, I see the people bullying do not have good lives at home. This becomes a problem when they get in trouble because their parents do not care. If their parents or legal guardians don’t care about what they posted, there is no way for the student to learn right from wrong. If the school is allowed to punish the student, the student will have to suffer the consequences.

    I know that this is not always the case. If this is not the case, the student should not be punished as much at school. If the student is an athlete, they should have to sit out for a couple games. I believe the superintendent of the school should talk to the parents of the student and decide how they should be punished.

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  • Tomasz from Massachusetts

    The First Amendment is a law preventing the United States Government from shutting down freedom of speech, as well as freedom of the press, freedom to assemble lawfully, and freedom of religion. The key caveat to look at in this debate is the word Government. Public schools are taxpayer funded, and are indirectly linked to the federal government, while private schools are not. Public schools should not be able to punish student’s speech online, unless the speech is posted while inside the schools’ jurisdiction, e.g. class time, extracurricular programs, and others. Private schools are free to do as they wish, as they are not connected to the government. Just as if a private restaurant decided to completely change their style and become a nightclub, the government would not be able to do anything to this private institution.

    Violating private schools’ right to do as they wish to their own customers would be a breach of the Constitution, and should therefore not be allowed.

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  • Phoebe from California

    Students in high school are growing into their mid to late teenage years making them very emotionally vulnerable. Cyber-bullying has been a huge proponent of teenage suicides in the United States. If cyber-bullying can be curtailed with limits on freedom of speech for those in attendance at high schools, then so be it. The emotional state of our high school peers is at stake. Limits on the speech of high school students do not have the purpose of stopping students’ rights to voice their opinion. They are rather preventative measures to help decrease the slander that is prominent in social media most teenagers use today. Therefore, I believe high schools should be allowed to set rules for what can and cannot be said.

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  • Clark from Massachusetts

    Inside school, school itself sets rules to restrict and punish for students bullying others. It has a significant rule of maintain a nice school community. The internet allows students to say whatever they want. However, without restriction, it becomes another source of bullying. Bullying is proved to be one of the most serious factor that affect a student’s school life. Schools don’t have that power to reach that far. In oreder to stop the issue becomes more serious, school should be able to punish students who bully or say bad things over internet.

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  • Clark from Massachusetts

    The development of internet enables students to speak whatever they want on the internet. Online bullying has been a very serious issue in current years. Schools should be allowed to punish students based on what they say on the internet. During the school day, students are punished by bullying other students. However, they are not punished over bullying on the internet. So some of them choose to bully others over internet. This really negatively affect the school community and the relationships between students.

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  • Alex from Vermont

    Schools should be able to punish students for certain activity on social media, but only if the activity is promoting self harm, has usage of nudity or drugs, or is meant to harm another student emotionally. Promotion of self harm and usage of drugs are both illegal anyway, so schools , or anybody for that matter, should be able to report them to authorities. Technically causing harm to others repetitively over social media or other internet is cyber-bullying. Schools should be able to report this because it may affect the learning for both the victim and the people in the environment around anybody involved in the situation.

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  • Ethan from Nebraska

    The school should be allowed to punish a kid about something they posted on the Internet. It all depends on what the kid said about who or what he was saying. If the kid is saying stuff about the school and the administration working there then the school has every right to punish the kid. If the kid is saying something else about the students then the school has every right to punish the kid. Its not about if they meant it as a joke or not. If the school finds it suspicious of bullying or if they are seeing it as a threat then they can and will punish you. No matter what the kid says the school should be able to punish the kid

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  • Victoria from Georgia

    Lack of school intervention is what allows bullying and abuse online to go on for so long; if schools were more able to punish students enrolled at their school, there would be more risk in bullying others and therefore a decrease in the abuse.

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  • Megan from Pennsylvania

    I believe that schools should put a fine line between what kids should say and what they should not say. In the end we can all be subjected to bullying on line some day in our lives. SO YES schools should punish those who say nasty and hurt full words online

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  • moriah from Minnesota

    Although it is true that free speech has no limits in regards to age or location, it does have a limit when it concerns libel. Libel is defined as a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation. When this occurs on social media it is commonly referred to as cyberbullying. If a statement, when voiced in a classroom setting, would be found punishable based on tolerance policies, it would not be a question of silencing the opinion of one citizen, it would be a matter of protecting a child from emotional trauma. While high school students most likely would not see themselves as children, they are still dependent on their parents and obligated to attend school. It is the school’s job to protect its students from threats to their learning environment, whether it be a school shooting or a bullying issue. This is why schools should be able to discipline students who have posted hurtful or otherwise mean spirited comments about fellow classmates on social media.

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  • Elisabette from Connecticut

    Yes, schools should be able to punish students for being inappropriate online, but to a certain extent. Many people, especially the teenagers at school, believe that school officials should stay out when kids are fighting on social media, and I agree with that because it’s really none of their business unless it escalates into a student getting harmed. But, if a student is getting bullied on social media, causing that student great pain and suicidal thoughts, then an administrator should definitely get involved and punish the bully. It’s an invasion of privacy but doing this will save lives.

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  • Toni from Louisiana

    First of all, it is not wrong to express your opinion and freedom of speech is such a beautiful and blessing thing to have. Let’s praise our fathers who have fought for the freedom for their children, their children’s children and the rest of the offspring who will then be make as nation. For this reason, let’s not discount the effort that they made however, there is a limit of how to do things and go about it. These reasons are everybody is doing what is right in their own eyes and also everybody have different reasons and motivate for doing what they are doing. The social media of today is truly mess up and I admire the skills of manipulation on the minds of unaware people and how it works. Social media can be used in many “intelligent” ways whether be for evil or good.
    As it is mentioned, everybody is doing what is right in their own eyes. It is simply that way because that is part of our nature where we tend to want to have our own ways. If the person would not recognized or even admit that as humans, we are wicked and tend to deceive ourselves to believe what we are not truly we are, then we are truly fooling ourselves. In the last days, some of the younger generations are becoming worse and it is wise to do express our opinion in correct way. For example, “In 1965, when Mary Beth Tinker was 13 years old, she wore a black armband to her junior high school to protest the Vietnam War. The school promptly suspended her, but her protest eventually led to a landmark Supreme Court case: Tinker v. Des Moines” (https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/04/do-students-still-have-free-speech-in-school/360266/). This could have a misunderstanding in there. Was it necessary for this young child to do this on the school premises?
    Secondly, bearing in mind that everybody is an individual being. The individual is made with their own minds and they will either agree or disagree on what is right and wrong principle. Again, there is nothing wrong to disagree on what is right in somebody’s eyes. Let’s be honest with ourselves! Why do we go on social media in which we know can be misinterpreted, copy and paste, there is no actual visible proof and most of the facts are not always clear or even has not yet come to an conclusion? Go back to the basics, let’s use police forces if we get into troubles to do the final publishing of hardcopy to only such serious cases. Social media is powerful and it is amazing how it can be used to destroy the character or the reputation of somebody. It is so because when the victims go to social media, it only made it worse on their part if they are powerless. Lets carefully express our freedom that our fathers fought for and use social media in positive way.
    In conclusion, it is right for us to express our freedom of speech but with limitation and respect. It is so because everybody is doing what is right in their own eyes and everybody has motivate behind what we do. Therefore the punishment is needed to enforce and to teach the limit. It can also deter the lawlessness in our ways.

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  • Christian from Massachusetts

    Schools should be allowed to punish students for their posts on social media for many reasons. For example, if a student under the age of 21 is at a party and drinking alcohol and posts a picture of them clearly under the influence, it is obvious evidence of illegal activity. Most schools and athletic programs have zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol but regardless under age drinking and drugs are illegal. Therefore schools have the right to take charge if they have evidence of illegal activity, private school or not. The Constitution may state that all citizens regardless of age or location have freedom of speech, but there are laws against bullying, hazing, and drugs and alcohol. All of which can be shown on social media. So, schools should be able to reprimand if they have the grounds for punishment

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    • Lauren from Massachusetts

      Social media users may think their Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook accounts are “private” but what is said on the internet can be seen by everyone, and will never be deleted from the files. Your posts on the internet, could affect your future. College coaches, or the boss of the job you applied for, could deny you due to bad comments or posts. If schools enforce the rules of appropriate online posting, it could save students from losing their scholarships to their dream college, or not getting the job they wanted. The negative comments will stay with you forever. A single picture, or tweet, could affect the way you want your life to turn out. These schools should reprimand students now, instead of them learning the hard way later on. Colleges expect positive and appropriate online posting. Especially, no illegal posts with alcohol or drugs, and if those expectations aren’t met, you have a rude awakening. Learn now, by your high school, and you will not be affected later on. It should be stressed immensely how important your posts are, not just for positivity online, but for your own sake as a student and adult.  

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  • Glenisha from Tennessee

    I believe that schools should be allowed to punish students for posting certain things on social media. If it puts students at harm or at risk of harm then they should be punished for that reason. For example, if a student posts on a social media website about hurting another student or staff member then they should be investigated & punished.

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  • Nyiah from Iowa

    Schools should be allowed to intervene if students post something inappropriate or negative on social media because it is their job to get their students onto the next level of their life, and they can’t do that if they’re constantly distracted or hurt. The constitution tells us we have freedom of speech, and no one has the right to take that away. However, speaking out because of something you believe in and speaking out as a personal attack are two different things. Social media is another great way to protest something online, just like making signs would be a perfect way to protest if you wanted to get into real life. In the same way, a personal attack on someone on social media is just like saying it to them in person where it would probably take it a step further. If something is said on school grounds, or something is said that affects how a student learns, it is the schools religiosity to take care of that student on and off online.

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  • Alyssa from Illinois

    Social Media is a valid tool in all students lives, but it is also a privledge. At school social media can build community, but can also tear one’s sense of community down. Although yes, you have the right and the freedom to say whatever you want on social media there should be a line students cannot cross without punishment. On issues such as politics, opinions and so on; no the school has no right to punish you simply for disagreeing. But when it comes to the lives of others being affected in cyberbullying, or even disrespecting school faculty this is when it is no longer okay. Cyberbullying is more likely than not to be brushed off as nothing but it is just as real as any other form of bullying. Students who do make other students lives less worth living on a social media outlet should be subject to punishment.

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  • Kaci from Nebraska

    I think that schools should be able to monitor what students say because this is the main cause of bullying in today’s society. If schools monitor social media we could cut down on so many bullying incidents. I believe during and after school hours the school should be able to monitor what kids say online. Not only will this help cut down bullying but also help people get jobs. Most jobs today look at your social media profiles and see if you’re actually qualified and mature enough to have a job.
    Another reason I think schools should be able to act on student’s social media accounts and responses is that we don’t need anymore hate in this world. There is already enough going on in our own lives with kids’ parents getting divorced, not having enough money to feed everyone and so much more. To cut down on hate in this world would help tremendously because we already have to deal with so much of it in today’s world.

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  • Natalia from Texas

    It all depends on the situation, however like some other comments, it may violate or depict the first amendment, freedom of speech. Despite he comment, a high school staff member should not violate a student’s privacy by observing what the students post on social media. An employee of the school, should have the right to protect the school district or school they are in charge of if the student that posted something is putting other students in harm.
    Social media today, has become a huge platform where other student can share and is out in the public, so therefore, when a student postes something where the public can see, and it harms the school, or other students, then I believe they have ever right to critically analyze the students situation and critical decided what the next step is.

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  • Sarah from Missouri

    I believe that schools should be able to punish what their students post on social media if it is detrimental or dangerous to someone. For example, if a student was to post something about killing someone that would be putting someone else in danger. If schools were not to punish students posting threats, they could be putting their students and staffs lives in danger.

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  • Thu from Florida

    Bullying and attacking others are intolerable behaviors that the school should not allow. Due to the widespread of the media, what the students post on their media, represents the school as a whole. The school should be able to punish such students because not only they worsen the school reputation, they also pose an emotional scars on bullied peers. Punishing people who is cyberbullying is not a restriction on the First Amendment right, but a responsibility to ensure safety for all students.

    Furthermore, by regulating the students’ posts on social media. the school enhance their chance to get into a good college and a good job. Employers do check their candidates’ social medias to evaluate whether a person is fit for the job. On top of ensuring safety for the students, the school will also assuring a better future for them.

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  • Leo from Louisiana

    Yes so long as:

    – It was published on school property or using school property including Wi-Fi
    – It is not unprotected speech under the 1st amendment
    – The punishment does not detract or degrade the student’s opportunity to an equal education to others at the school in accordance with the 14th Amendment

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    Private schools who receive no government funding may punish students according to their respective rules.

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  • maria from Florida

    I believe that high schools should punish student speech on social media because it can be the outbreak of a severe issue on school grounds such as fights and other violent components. The things students post of social media can affect the actions that happen in school or the result of another student physically harming themselves. For instance, many people experience cyber bullying from classmates which can be the cause of suicide. The schools should be informed of the issue to help the victim and punish the bullies before it is too late. Although issues happen over social media, it interacts with things happening in school as well. Not only should the schools take action in such issue but as well as higher authorities.
    Linking with the social media issue, It appears as if within the two court cases of Tinker v. Des Moines and Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, there were conflicts in which each case has the support of the Supreme Court while the other one does not. In the Tinker v Des Moines court case, the supreme court is in favor of the students freedom of speech and in their protest simply because they are not causing disruption in any way. They wore armbands to school and they were punished by suspending the students from school. On the other hand, court case Bethel School District No 403 v Fraser, the supreme court does not agree with Fraser in his freedom of Speech. They punish him for the inappropriate speech that he held at his school with the whole student body present. There are different reasons as why the students were punished but one was more controversial than the other.

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  • Regan from Florida

    I believe students should be able to be punished for their actions on social media that are school related. Throughout our generation cyber bullying is increasing and causing suicide and other tragedies among young individuals. I believe if students are confronted about their actions at school they will understand it is not okay, in the view of that fact that not all parents know what their child is posting online or if they are bullying others.
    The Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser case is related to this subject because, individuals have their own freedom of speech but it is only a problem if it causes a disruption/distraction at school. Fraser caused a disruption, therefore he was punished. If students cause a problem on social media and it gets brought into school, then students should be punished. Unlike the Tinker v. Des Moines case where individuals were expressing their constitutional freedom of speech rights, however they were not causing a scene by wearing a armband or a disrupting the work environment for other students.

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  • Brittany from Florida

    In order to ensure the safety of our schools there should be proper punishment for students who are using their social media sites in a negative way. There has been far too many cases of bullying, threats, fights, and suicide all prompted by things said or done on social media. Many of these are occurring in or are related to school somehow. What students are doing on their social media accounts are affecting the once stable learning environment within our schools. When something is posted online it is seen by everyone and talked about for hours even days at a time. What better place to discuss what so-and-so posted last night than at school, with all of your friends? If fights break out it causes a disruption. If rumors are being spread it causes a disruption. If dangerous threats are being made it causes a disruption. Making it nearly impossible to educate these young people in the most beneficial way possible.
    In the court case Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser a student was punished for what was said at a speech in front of the entire student body. Similar to posting something online for the entire student body to read. It’s a given that once that assembly was over the students were obsessing over what was said throughout the day. So preoccupied with what was said at the assembly that they most likely couldn’t concentrate on their work. Whereas, in Tinker v. Des Moines the students were not punished for wearing their arm bands to protest the vietnam war. While yes, your first amendment right grants you the freedom of speech… There are limitations. Wearing the armbands in school could have been seen as discrimination against those who didn’t feel the same way about the war. Which could have easily sparked an argument leading to a disruption in school. Your first amendment allows you the right to feel a certain way about something and express that value. However, those who are affecting a learning environment by doing so should be punished. At the end of the day when you are in a public environment you should have enough morals to know what is okay to be said and what is not.

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  • Trever from Florida

    While it may seem an unpopular idea, it is without doubt that social media is becoming a massive issue within our education system. The consistent drama that pours out of these forms of online communication is almost too much for one to handle. In the 1986 supreme court decision Bethel School District No. 403 V. Fraser, it was decided that it was, in fact, constitutional to punish a student for exercising their First amendment right. This was due, in part, to the fact that such an event led to an unnecessary amount of disruption afterward, causing countless headaches to the school as well as children within. With this in mind it is easy to see why punishing students for posts on social media is a good idea. We sit back and watch as people incessantly release information that lead to terrible arguments, violent fights, and even suicide. To slow these horrifying events would be ideal and is what we should strive for as a society.

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  • Tylyn from Florida

    High schools should be able to punish student speech on social media if it leads to disruption or problems in a school setting. The use of social media by high school students has lead to numerous incidents including cyber bullying, suicide, and even fights on campus. In order to refrain from incidents breaking out on campus, schools should have the power to punish those students who are willing to go to the extent of hurting someone or saying harsh things on an “app”. Even though a student may have no intention on what is being said on social media outside of school being brought into school, it always finds its way in. In the case Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, the Supreme Court came to the conclusion that a student’s First Amendment right to the freedom of speech is not violated by receiving a punishment towards something being said or posted by the student that leads to disruption or a disturbance in a school workplace. Agreeing with this, a school setting should be a positive environment for students and by allowing them to have free reign with no punishments towards negative things being posted, a positive environment quickly turns into that of one in which students feel uneasy. Added to that, with social media postings being allowed and unwatched by administration, students become focused more on the social media world rather than their schoolwork which could have negative long-term effects for them.
    Although some may agree that schools should be able to punish student speech/postings on social media, it is clear to see that the majority rest along the opposite side of the argument. In the case Tinker v. Des Moines, the court ruled that student’s keep their right of freedom of speech while in public school. It must be known that students do not lose their First Amendment right if high schools were to be able to punish students for what is said on social media. Students still have the freedom to post whatever they feel, the only thing about that situation is, that if what is posted has negative effects brought into a school setting or if a student is directly hurt by what is said, then it is necessary for school officials to take the appropriate measures for the student in the wrong to be punished. In order to secure a safe workplace for students at high schools, it is necessary for school officials to have the power to punish student speech on social media if it causes disturbance or disruption in the classrooms. Students should be respectful enough to watch what is being posted by themselves and their peers in order to avoid being punished by the school itself.

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  • dagan from Florida

    I believe that a high school should punish the kids at the school for things they put on social media because for one, it would keep us more safe! And two, it can stop a lot of fights from happening! I’m going with fraiser because he had his freedom of speech, he was just very disrespectful on what he had said.He got into trouble because of his inappropriate speech.

    Tinker however, had nothing happen to him because when they wore the armbands , they didn’t make a huge seen about it! It would make the teachers go insain and they wouldn’t be able to teach without being distracted,The jury had said ‘everyone has the power to exercise their conditional rights! They had realized that the armbands were a symbolization of war.

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  • Antonio from Florida

    Imagine you would insult a fellow classmate outside of school hours, and then you return to school the next day and this argument continues in school. It then turns into a fight that causes disruption everywhere in the school, similar to the court case: Bethel School District No. 403 V. Fraser,where everyone was talking about what had happen.do you think that the schools should be able to punish students due to their post on social media? Well i think that the answer that will be more suitable for this incident will be yes since it is for the safety of everyone that is in a school campus.
    There have been cases in which bad behavior has been been approached through the social media and many things have happened, there have been suicides, shootings, etc. the schools need to be able to control social media so the environments of our classmates can be as safe as possible. Kind of like the Case Summary Of:Tinker V. Des Moines we need to do everything in a non disturbing manner.

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  • Guadalupe from Florida

    Yes, in Bethel School District No. 403 what fraser did caused a commotion everyone was talking about it. People were to distracted to do their work, the school should be allowed to intervene in issues concerning the school or if it’s anything that will put a student or teacher at risk. It might even lower cyber bullying. Though if it’s something like Tinker v. Des Moines someone peacefully expressing their opinion there should be no need for a punishment. We still have our freedom of speech, it does not mean we should be able to obsessively use the power to say what is on our mind if it will hurt someone for example for bullying. We should be able to express the way we think, our own opinions without any violence.

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  • marielena from Florida

    Yes , I think high schools should be able to punish students for their actions on social media if it cause a disruption to the school. This is because many people go to school on a regular daily basis and see what goes on. Posting on social media causes many fights in school, bullying, and even suicidal thoughts. According to Bethel school district court case they were going to punish him for his action of giving a campaign speech about someone getting elected and how he felt about the person. Being that his comments were a disruption to the school because many students didn’t understand thoroughly and some kids went to there parents asking and caused a commotion with the parents this would cause a bigger issue than just keeping his comments to himself.
    As for the Tinker v. Des Moines court case I would agree that he could wear the armband only because it wasn’t causing any disruptions. But being that we are in school this could make other kids feel different. This is an issue only because it can cause fights and make it so, that some kids have suicidal thoughts. Lastly I would agree that high schools should punish students speeches on social media because it can be a problem to many in school, only if its based off of school related.

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  • Ella from Utah

    Schools should be able to punish students for there negative actions on Social Media.

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  • Ilia from Oklahoma

    Everyone does have the freedom of speech available to them but the issue is if something that is said that can cause people to react in unhealthy manners. The First amendment states that if a citizen is misusing their freedom of speech then these infractions can be punished. Look at all the cases in which people have been damaged by the uninhibited cruelty from someone hiding behind a computer screen because they know they can be brought forward if they say something in person. In reality its not a restriction on someones freedom of speech it is a punishment for mental abuse put in place by schools born of the fear of a students unknown reaction to this action. There are so many people that have cracked under the pressure and either died, hurt themselves or others, along with the death of many innocent people. So the only form of protection the schools could think of was punishing students for online bullying along with physical bullying. After all if any form of bullying is allowed to slip through the cracks then it will just continue to grow and get worse.

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  • Sara from Florida

    Everyday there are students in High School around the country posting things they shouldn’t on social media. According to the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech.” But, If what they are posting on social media is related to the school or other students in a negative way, I feel they should punish the student speech. For example, if there was a person posting negative comments on someone else’s page, that is considered bullying. This could come to the school and cause disturbance by taking students’ mind off their class work and have an unsafe learning environment.
    Schools should regulate students social media because it could prevent negative outcomes and keep the classroom a safe environment. This relates to the court case Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, 17-year-old Matthew Fraser, a student at Bethel High School gave a vulgar speech and was later suspended for it. This caused disruption in class and The Court said, “It is a highly appropriate function of a public school education to prohibit the use of vulgar and offensive terms in public discourse… The inculation of these values is truly the work of the school, and the determination of what manner of speech is inappropriate properly rests with the school board.” Just like if a student were to post something negative about a another or the school online, the school should be able to punish them since it relates to the school. In the court case Tinker v. Des Moines it is unrelated because the students did not cause a disruption in class with what they were doing, but were still punished for it. If they do cause disruptions they should be punished.

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  • Luis from Florida

    Yes, the schools should be able to punish student speech on social media because social media can cause problems within the students and can present an issue to the learning environment. Similar to the case Bethel v. Fraiser, if you were to post something that can disrupt the learning of students, then it should be considered the same as how Bethel unappropriatly gave a speech that caused students to not pay attention in class or to teachers. Posting things that can cause conflict, usually leads to a multiple number of students getting involved and then their friends get involved and sooner or later the whole school knows. Depending on the situation, teachers should know whats going on and regulate whats going on instead of being left in the dark with a classroom full of kids not paying attention. If schools could regulate what you post then we wouldn’t all of this school drama that easily could be avoided.

    The Tinker v. Des Moines was not similar to topic because Tinker was “silently” expressing an opinion, when you post online you are not being subtle at all, you are putting it all out there for everyone to see. Posting on social media is basically a message being sent to everyone, and an open invitation to be involved in the situation. Tinker was not going all over social media expressing themselves by telling everyone their opinion on the matter, they simply wore a specific article of clothing. On social media everyone is connected, everyone is everyones friend so if I were to post something then the next day everyone would know about it. Schools should be able to punish for disrupting the learning environment and stopping class for nonsense.

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  • Malik from Georgia

    Technology developed in a way that the authors of the Constitution could not predict. The reach of messages on Instagram , Snapchat, etc. go much further than gossip to a neighbor. If the message off the school campus is used to promote violation of school rules or disrupt relationships at school then the school is brought into the discussion and should be able to take action in the same way that you would about someone messaging a threat against your home.

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  • Noah from Arizona

    Look at it this way, if a group of kids decided to pick on you by giving you demoralizing messages on social media, wouldn’t you want someone to do something about it? You wouldn’t just say, oh well, the First Amendment says that they can do whatever they want, so I just have to suck it up. Look at it also from the schools perspective. if a teacher saw that someone was treating one of their kids being bullied, if she cared enough she will help the kid no matter what and probably try to get the kid punished who was bullying. Social media should not be an outlet for bullying, it’s for communication and boosting morale.

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  • Kate from North Carolina

    Freedom in the United States is not free, as there are limitations to all of our freedoms, including the freedom of speech. Yes we have a right to give our opinions, but we do not have the right to use it in a way that is harmful to others. If one is speaking out on social media and making negative comments to infringe on ones emotional well-being or making comments that could be taken as threats, then they do not need to be on social media and should be punished in a form that would make a positive influence on them. By placing someone in a situation where bullying is directed towards them, they would learn what the experience feels like, and should not want to wish it upon anyone else. If we are to see bullying on social media, we should try our best to stop it for the betterment of the victim. Bullying can take a large toll on a person both physically and emotionally, and if taken too far, it could lead to one taking their own life. Bullying of all forms should be stopped and by farther informing citizens of the limitation on free speech, I believe this negative action could be prevented and eventually discontinued.

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  • Kylee from Pennsylvania

    I personally believe that High Schools should be able to punish their students for what is posted online to an extent. I say this because if the student is posting inappropriate things online such as swearing than that is the students choice, although I believe that if the student is posting something that could be considered cyber- bullying then I feel the school should get involved. I feel that if a student is putting another students life on the line then the school can punish that student. In all reality everyone can post what the want on social media, but if it consists of bullying another student or putting another person’s life at risk then I believe that the school should get involved, and punish their students.

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  • Morgan from Pennsylvania

    I think that if the student has posted something rude or uncalled for during school hours and or is cyber bulling during school hours, then they should indeed be punished. But if they are doing it at home then the school can not do anything about it because the children aren’t on their watch.

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  • Savannah from Indiana

    I believe that high schools should be able to punish students based on their social media speech and activities. By doing so it would allow the students to understand that yes they have the freedom of speech but it can be used against them. For example, in today’s age, athletic recruits, potential employers, and colleges all view candidates social media before recruiting them, hiring them, or accepting them. If high schools addressed this issue before it impacted a major situation in the students life it would be for the better. Also, by punishment being available it would lessen the likelihood of cyberbully in the community and school.

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  • Allison from Maryland

    When reviewing the main argument against schools punishing students for improper conduct online, there is an explicit focus on the First Amendment, specifically relating to freedom of speech. However, this is merely meant to prevent the government from imprisoning people that speak out against them. Briefly ignoring that it is meant to restrict the government, not schools, schools are not imprisoning or fining students like the founding fathers were afraid the government might attempt to do if it were to become corrupt. They are only holding the students accountable for their actions, teaching them a valuable lesson on consequences that is meant to be beneficial to all. Additionally, if the schools do not hold the students responsible for their actions, it will only encourage further disrespect to other students that are likely vulnerable to such hate speech due to the nature of teenage self-esteem. While there is validity in the fact that there is no definition for bullying speech, that does not mean that it is unrecognizable. Furthermore, due to the prevalence of hate speech online, it is slowly becoming normalized which should be combatted in an effective yet safe manner such as schools giving slight restrictions.

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  • Mariah from Arizona

    I agree with allowing High Schools to punish a student’s speech on social media, on the condition that it is not a concept that gets abused. Yes, there is the fact that the First Amendment states that every U.S. Citizen is allowed to say anything that they want, but not if it is deemed threatening. If High Schools were granted the right to punish student’s, they would have to obey the First Amendment the same way a court would. High School students typically say offensive phrases or say things sarcastically, but as long as they don’t incite actions that could potentially harm others, they won’t get punished. This could greatly reduce cyber bullying and decrease teenagers committing suicide due to attacks that follow them outside of school. We need to teach students how to behave correctly, because even though they are almost adults, they still have a lot to learn and schools are supposed to mold their students into civil adults who can contribute to society. If this were to be implemented, crime rates could also go down due to students who cyber bully or incite harm onto others being punished and facing the consequences that would be given to them in the real world. If an adult was cyber bullying another adult, the victim could file harassment charges against the attacker. This just prepares kids and informs them that they can’t get away with treating others poorly without facing repercussions.

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  • Rebekah from Iowa

    If the student is posting rude, offensive, or vulgar content on social media outside of school using their own personal devices, it is not the school’s responsibility to punish students for what they are posting.
    However, according to the Tinker Standard, set in 1969 in the Supreme Court decision Tinker v. Des Moines, the exception would be if the social media causes a substantial disruption to the learning environment inside school, or causes an infringement on the rights of others. Cyberbullying that causes a student to miss school is applicable to this standard because every student has a right to attend school and learn, the cyberbully must be punished. Likewise, if a student-created hate website targeted at a teacher or the school is causing a disruption to the learning environment, the school has a right to take it down and punish the student.
    The school also has a right to choose it’s representatives, so if a student is posting something inappropriate as a representative of the school or a school sponsored activity, then the school can punish the student by removing them from the position.

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  • Brenda from Kansas

    Even though the first amendment states that freedom of speech is a right, some speech should be restricted because of certain implications it might have against somebody or the school itself. In the Schenck Vs.United States case, it states that speech can be restricted if it holds a “clear and present danger” to society. For example, yelling fire in a movie theater when there is no fire. Speech like that should be restricted because it causes a big panic and could cause injury when the incident could have been avoided. Schools should be able to punish students students who post speech such as “I’m going to shoot up the school tomorrow” or “I want to kill everyone at school” or “i’m going to kill (Insert name)” because threats like that cause a clear and present danger.

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  • Logan from Tennessee

    Cyber bullying is one of the most common forms of harassment in the 21st century and becomes much more common through the use of social media. If it is brought to the school’s attention that a certain student or staff made rude or cruel marks to another via social media, not only should the school be allowed to punish said bully, it is the school’s responsibility to stop the harassment in its tracks.

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  • Evan from North Carolina

    Yes. With very little paternal consent for their students to have social media in the first place and with the on going concern of cyber-bulling. The school system should be very much involved with student behavior on social media especially if students feel threatened or at some sort of harm facing their peers the next day at school.

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  • Inez from Massachusetts

    I do believe that high schools should be able monitor their students social media account. High school students tend to not think about their actions and just act. I believe that the threat of school administration monitoring these students will help them to think twice. I also believe that this could prevent cyber bullying and other inappropriate actions from students on the internet. Another thing is that if student know they are not being watched on social they might take advantage knowing they will not have to suffer the consequences.

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  • Milissa from Oklahoma

    I do believe high schools should have the ability to punish students based on some instances of speech via social media. Too many students have, and continue to, get bullied online and through virtual media. There comes a point where the value of a life and the freedom of speech are not equal; and, although freedom of speech is a given right, harassment or bullying does not constitute as part of the notion. With social media and its non-stop growth and popularity, a lesson has to be taught about the long term effects of what is said on the internet. Just because students are young and still learning, there is no reason to excuse behavior that could effect them in their future life, or job.

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  • Rebecca from New York

    Yes, the first amendment is all about freedom of speech but if the student is bullying another student and causing mental and emotional abuse to that student then yes, that student should be punished. If a person writes poorly about a job position, co-worker, or their boss… they would be fired.

    However, students should not be punished of freedom of expression such as rants, politics, feelings… as long as they don’t target, use names, bully others, and etc. Everyone should have the freedom to express themselves without getting in trouble because the United States of America has more freedoms than other countries but it is morally and ethically wrong to bully and hurt other people through social media. If it was okay to use freedom of speech in a bullying manor, it could lead to suicide, depression, low self esteem to other students.

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  • Jeffrey from Florida

    The school code of conduct should outline the expectations and rights of the student regarding the use of internet while on campus and the consequences if not followed. This can also extend to violations of the code of conduct regarding legal charges outside of school, such as protection orders. Several schools have revised the code of conduct to include topics such as bullying, which would include cyberbullying, with clear definition and consequences. Many of the schools have also mandated bully lessons to include cyber behavior. As for outside of school, parents can state libel and slander, cyber stalking, emotional distress, (and so on) and seek help from authorities. Yes, the school has the authority to discipline misbehavior online as defined by the code of conduct.

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  • Bryn from Indiana

    When a student’s activity on social media presents harm, mental or physical, to another student or disrupts the classroom environment, the school does have the right to step in to maintain the welfare of the victim of the posts or of the entirety of the student population. In the case of New Jersey v TLO, the Supreme Court clarified that the school acts in loco parentis for the student body and therefore may take reasonable measures to protect their students. On the topics of freedom of speech and education, the majority of Supreme Court cases side with the schools. While the scope of the protections freedom of speech outside of school is very broad, even allowing hate speech, it is important to promote a solid learning environment in schools by disciplining disruptive or harmful statements on social media. If kids are worried about constant online attacks that their parents and school cannot do anything about, they are more likely to be depressed, not come to school, and become suicidal. Kids need to be able to focus on their work while in school so that they can be successful in life once they are out of school.

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  • Isabella from California

    There are so many problems in our society today relating to technology and if there is something highly offensive or threatening then it should be dealt with immediately. Also cyberbullying is a massive problem going on today.

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  • Daisey from Ohio

    The First Amendment states that we as United States citizens have the right to freedom of speech, but what it fails to mention is what happens if that speech is harmful to others. High school students do not think about everything they say all the time. They act on impulse and its due to the fact that their frontal lobes are not fully developed therefore they act on impulse. Due to their impulsive behavior they go on social media and say anything that comes to mind not even thinking if it will hurt others, because they are only thinking about themselves in that moment. If no one is there to tell these students that they need to stop then what will happen? There are plenty of examples of what has happened when no one stops these students. They push others to their breaking points and then horrible things happen. It has been proven that suicide rates have gone up among teenagers ever since social media has come into their everyday lives. Most parents don’t even know what their children are doing. Therefore if the school does know what is going on they can step in and try to help.

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    • Tara from Massachusetts

      I agree with this posts in many aspects, it is true that self harm rates have gone up since social media has played a major role in society but how could a school possibly stop this? Personally, I believe that the parent should have all access to their child’s social media. This way, the parent can monitor what their own child is saying and seeing on the internet. School should be a positive environment to learn, and school always seems to get a thousand times more stressful when the people there start to get involved in a student’s personal life. The school should only get involved if the cyber bullying is brought into being bullying in school as well. However, sometimes the first amendment is not helpful in situations like these.

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  • Evanna from Arizona

    In a society that centers around our internet usage, it is important that people understand that there are consequences to our actions online. I myself have been on social media and seen something that has upset me to the point of a heart-wrenching stomach ache or a mind occupied with questions about people’s actions. Seeing negativity online has been proven to be a cause of depression and anxiety and it is important that as school systems do what they can to protect the mental and physical stability of students. I believe that when we go to public school we agree to give up certain rights and one of these is the ability to spread negative energy online. It is important that we ensure students the opportunity to surround themselves with positivity, even when online and out of sight of the school’s campus.

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    • Christian from Massachusetts

      I very much so agree. Cyber bullying is no joking matter. No one should have to go through the pain and suffering of being so afraid to show your own face at school. Society and high school especially are brutal. If you are different you immediately are a target to people who think being different should be made fun of. Diversity should be celebrated, and people who hide behind computer screens and prey on those who are different or those who do something that could be made fun of in a way should be reprimanded. Not only by parents but High schools should have the power to deal with these issues. There are too many cases of cyber bullying that end up in the victims self harm or the bully’s harm due to no one bringing it up to the school administrators. And even when it is brought up the school should be able to punish the bully. High school is for learning and it is supposed to be a safe place where maturing minds can prepare for adulthood. When there is a problem within the high school regarding anything on social media, the school should have the power to punish those involved.

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  • Kathleen from Alabama

    Students should be protected from others as well as themselves. If a student publishes negative or classified information on social media or uses it as an outlet for bullying, they should face the same consequences as they would be if they said the same things out loud in school. This will help prepare them to be more respectful as well as dependable as adults as they enter the workforce and into the real world.

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  • Megan from South Carolina

    While the Bill of Rights grants freedom of speech to all people, there should be some form of punishment for students who bully others using social media. While i realize that every little tweet should not be combed through and analyzed, there has to be some way to hold students accountable for their actions on social media. According to cyberbullying statistics.com, more than one in three teens have or will experience cyberbullying in High School. This is a shameful and terrible ratio. The effects of cyber bullying can lead people to drugs, alcohol, and even suicide. Also, high school students often do not think about the negative effects their social media posts can have on their future when it comes to getting a job or even going to college. Now more than ever, potential employers are doing backgrounds checks using social media. In my opinion, high school students would benefit greatly from some guidance in the social media world. However, if high schools are allowed to punish students for their posts on social media, strict guidelines need to be in place to prevent schools from overstepping their bounds and infringing on a students privacy. These rules should only allow schools to inflict punishment on students under very specific circumstances and only during the school year.

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  • Matthew from Maryland

    The first amendment is tricky and people have different definitions on what it means. Some believe that it gives them immunity from basically anything they say. However, if what they say can disturb the peace, harass, or threaten someone, they should be held accountable for their actions

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  • Cheyanne from Missouri

    Schools should be allowed to punish students for posting negative things on social media because if it disrupts the learning process or effects the well being of others. Yes everyone has the right to free speech, but not against other people. Its the right to free speech in the government. If the law did mean free speech against everything, then everyone would get to say whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. There has to be limits and authority, especially in schools, as it is where children spend most of their time and learn how to deal with people and interact. Posting something on social media is not the best way to accomplish solving a problem or expressing an opinion. Tell someone in person.

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    • Madelyn from Massachusetts

      I agree that schools should be able to punish students for the content they post on social media. Yes, everyone has the first amendment right of freedom of speech. However, that right is meant to be used to speak out against injustices and to make changes or speak your mind about something you feel is important. This right is often abused by people making hateful comments towards or about others, especially on social media. If a student posts something inappropriate or hateful, that is putting a bad name and reputation to the school, thus involving the school. Schools are the place where students are educated and it is important to teach students proper manners and how to treat others.

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    • Ryan from Massachusetts

      Schools should be allowed to punish their students for attacks and offensive content posted on social media because while one does have the right to express themselves, it is not right to put others down and commit cyber bullying. Schools should interfere because if a student is being cyber bullied and the parents are not aware, actions must be taken to prevent possible suicide or depression. Just think of how many lives taking this action would save. What is posted on the internet is permanent and may never go away. If schools do not step in on offensive social media posts and discipline students, their future careers might possibly be affected because of one thing they wrote about someone else on social media. If the school also does not interfere, cyber bullying against other students will continue until students are pushed over the edge and sent into a deep depression. The schools need to interfere with these cyber bullying cases to discipline students, possibly save their future careers, and even save lives.

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    • Keliana from Massachusetts

      I agree with you Cheyanne from Missouri! Schools should be allowed to punish students for what they post online because if it affects another student, it deserves repercussions. Although the first amendment includes freedom of speech, it does not include the freedom to bully. So many students are bullied online and if schools were able to have more control of what other students say online, there would be less cyber bullying cases, and less kids that feel attacked. Schools are definitely responsible for their students and if their students are saying certain things or doing certain things online that aren’t appropriate, the school deserves the right to punish those kids. Whether it be a suspension or a detention. Social media can be such a great thing, and it can also ruin lives. Great job! -Keliana from Massachusetts

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    • Christina from Massachusetts

      I agree. I think high schools should be able to punish student speech in social media. Even if it is in the constitution, things like malicious comments or replies towards the speech can be a great injury to the students who posted it. Students are fragile enough to get traumatized by a single comment and carry the hurt for the rest of their lives. In online, all people have an imaginary mask that hides their personality and become invisible. They don’t even have to use their real name. You have no idea how the person is like in real life. So people can get to be more offensive, more emotional, and don’t actually care about the person they are commenting to. That’s why I agree schools should punish or limit student speeches.

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    • Yuni from Massachusetts

      Posting negative things on social media should be punished in high schools. Even if there’s a right for free speech for everyone, it doesn’t mean to make or post a bad comments or rumors on the social media. Posting negative things truly affects the schools where they are attending and this can be recognized as an act of dishonor of other people. Cyberbullying must be stop or it will hurt many people’s feelings and it might occur an extreme happening, which is committing suicide.

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    • Owen from Massachusetts

      I believe that the only case where maybe a student can get in trouble is if another student comes at them for no reason. I think that in most cases students are kind of getting themselves into their own mess and then end up telling a parent who complains to the school or the school happens to see it on twitter. I just think that too often students get themselves into stuff too deep and they just rely on the school to bail them out of the situation and get the other student in trouble.

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    • Kori from Massachusetts

      I agree with cheyenne’s statement because there has to be limits. Students are capable of using social media for the purpose of bullying others. Most students are unaware of the pain it can cause to the student they are talking about. A lot of kids today hide their feelings and refuse to tell their parents whats going on. With schools involved they can help the child in need and prevent any unfortunant situations that may occur.

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    • John from Ohio

      I say that high school’s should be allowed to punish a student but to an extent. Picture a senior student his name is Randy has used some curse words in a tweet; I do not think that Randy should be punished because its hopefully not focused at another person and Randy has his freedom of speech because this is on his own time and does not include the school.
      In this demonstration Randy is still a senior but this time Randy is bullying another student about the way he/she dresses so in this case i say that randy should get punished. A similar incident happened in Kansas;wesley Teague wrote”Hights U is equivalent to WSU’s football team” in this case i don’t think that he should have been punished because he says that he did not mean to offend anyone and even though WSU’s football team was in a plane crash he could have meant that in a good way because obviously they had to be a good football team to have been on a plane so maybe he meant it like that. Another example would be when “20 students were suspended for claiming a teacher flirted with her students”. I think that in this case the students should have been punished because they could have got the teacher in a lot of trouble. Finally I say depending on the severity should depend on the punishment.

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    • kenise from Delaware

      This is a different generation you cant control them you have to realize as a student people are always going to talk down on you and as a staff member its apart of growing up. in most cases those are the kids that are going through things at home or something a lot deeper. you shouldn’t punish them get to know them and see why they are hurting.if you don’t try to help or understand the student we will be in a world with a generation trying to run a nation with no knowledge and a simple education.

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    • Noah from Arizona

      You can’t just say that you get unlimited speech. If you were to say that you planted a bomb in school on social media, you are saying that you can’t punish the student. I beleive that there should be consequences to ones actions.

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    • Lauren from Massachusetts

      Schools should be able to punish students who post negative comments on social media that breaks school rules. Although the First Amendment gives us freedom of speech, it does not mean taunting, and bullying other kids online is allowed. Cyber bulling for example is an issue, and is be happening throughout your school. Would you consider bullying as a “freedom of speech”, or as a person “expressing how they feel?” No. Bullying is a hateful way of expressing your negative feeling towards someone over and over again. Students will take advantage of this “freedom of speech” idea and think its okay if there are no penalties. The schools should be allowed to discipline the students for hurtful comments, and things said on social media that negatively impact other students, or faculty. Without punishment for these cruel acts, the number of perpetrators and victims will increase. Bullying has a huge affect on teenager’s well being. You will see tragic stories of people who were bullied, and decided to end their lives because of it. Enforcement of bully preventions will lower suicide rates due to bullying, and hopefully one day, end them. The rules with bullying in school should also apply to cyber bullying. The punishments should stay the same whether on school property, or over a computer screen. It could save someone from a load of sadness, retaliation, or anger.

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  • justice from Kentucky

    Should High Schools be able to punish students for things they post online ? Yes I think they should because alot of high school students are really mature and I see alot of post basically bullying and say a serious situation came up like maybe another student killed or hurt themselves over a social media post then the student who caused them too do this should be punished. Not all your thought should be expressed if you have nothing nice to say dont say it at all. Students should also be punished for what they post because we are all becoming young adults and we need to learn there are consequnces to all of our action and we can start from social media posts. Although some may say what you do at home or away from school shouldnt matter when you get to school it really does matter you might post something about a fight and that will follow you to school because then people will start asking you about this and that some might get all rowled up and try and start another incident everything you say or post matter. So in conclusion I do believe in certian occasions you should be punished for your chocies on what to pist online.

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  • Emily from South Carolina

    Schools have the obligation to provide a safe environment for all students. This entails schools taking necessary action against those who intentionally make others feel unsafe while at school.

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  • Aanika from New Jersey

    Although we are all guaranteed certain freedoms of speech simply by living in America, this does not permit us to abuse the privilege, and start utilizing hate speech. Social media is controversial only because it might not constitute as being within a school’s jurisdiction. However, if a student is abusing another student online, it is still considered bullying so therefore, it should be a punishable offense. When students think they have free-range of social media, they take advantage of it. If anything, the school faculty monitoring social media accounts will prevent inappropriate content from surfacing. In the future, potential employers will visit student social media accounts to assess their character. If they have been initially monitored by the school, then there will be nothing to tarnish their character. Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the terms of the first amendment, but hate speech is not legal. There have been too many suicides over cyber-bullying and it needs to stop. School intervention is the first step in effective preventative methods. You have certain rights but these should be limited in a school environment because you can affect more than one person’s life in this circumstance. Bullying is a serious issue we need to combat through school’s monitoring of social media.

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  • Serenity from Kentucky

    No, they shouldn’t be able to punish kids for what they post unless it is a threat toward someone else’s life. As teenagers, we need to learn that in the real world our feelings are gonna get hurt. My mom and dad always told me “If you can’t handle the heat get out of the kitchen.” So yes it is ok for us to get mad, but I wouldn’t go far enough to say punish them at school. What goes around comes around, that is what we need to remember. When stuff like cyber bullying happens all you can do is place it in god’s hands and he will do with it what he pleases. Teens can’t run tell at the drop of a hat that sets us up for failure. We have to learn to cope with others feelings toward us. For instance, in April 2015, a federal court in Oregon considered a case called Burge v Colton School District 53 in which an eighth grader was suspended from his public middle school based upon out-of-school comments he posted on his personal Facebook page. And in September 2014, a federal court in New York considered a case called Bradford v Norwich City School District in which a public high school student was suspended “based on a text message conversation he had with another student regarding a third student while outside of school.” Teens need to learn that people talk and what happens in high school is not forever. What you post on Facebook when you’re in 8th grade is not going to matter to anyone by next week.

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  • Nickolas from Kentucky

    The first amendment says that you have the freedom of speech. this means that in the United States of America you have a right, not a privilege a right to be able say what ever you you want and the government can’t stop you. But schools aren’t the federal government. Therefore if you do something on social media that harms another student are causes mental or physical harm to a student you should be held accountable. Even though the first amendment states that we should be able to say whatever we can and this is true. But this is true to an extent. The first amendment practically is void when your words are involved in a case were you cause mental, emotional or unintentional physical harm to another person. This is known as cyberbullying. This is illegal in 34 states. So i believe people that post slanderous information on the internet should be held accountable for there actions.

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  • Claudia from Kentucky

    Schools should be able to punish students for what they put on social media. Students these days can hide behind a screen and make all the inappropriate comments they want without the consequences but if they were to do them in real life they would get in trouble. When students make snarky comments online about another they don’t know what it does to the person emotionally and mentally. If a student makes a bomb threat online you better believe they will get in trouble, so why not for telling another student to kill themselves?

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  • Rhi from Pennsylvania

    Schools definitely should punish students for what they post on social media, especially if what’s being posted is aimed towards another student in the district. However, people should be free to post what they like, as long as it isn’t hurting others. If bullying through posts was brought to a teacher’s attention, there could possibly be a minimization of bullying. This could make it a safer environment for students online and in the classroom.

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  • Calaeb from Pennsylvania

    I chose yes because this is a touchy topic. I am in between on the yes or no choice. I think that the school should be able to punish to an extent but not for the student just posting curse words. The only time they should be allowed to punish is if it a threat against a student or cyber bullying. You have a right to your freedom of speech but only to a certain extent.

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  • tanish from Pennsylvania

    high schools should be able to punish students speach on social media because.Just like everybody else i do support the 1st amndment,but it should be limited.for example if you dont agree with something discuss it with a very limited amount of people,dont go on social media and “rant’ just too look cool.On some of the instagram lives,we see suicides and guess what the main cause was?… yup you got it mean comments, bashing,people “coming” at each other.alsoif this is outside of school emagine the chaos this would cause during school.~just my oppinion your free to think what you want but i think its not really a good idea,even though their may be more pros than cons, but right now the cons are taking lives away and to me that is very wrong.

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  • Giselle from Texas

    Schools should be able to punish students as to regards of the post they make. Sometimes when students post certain posts they can post hurtful and rude comments. In that case schools should control what students put online , so it can prevent any danger to others.

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  • Catherine from Texas

    Our definition of freedom of speech already has many limitations. One of the most prominent would be that it does not include the right to “incite actions that would harm others” (Schenck v. United States). Cyber bullying, which has developed into a major issue in our society, provides an easy outlet in which this kind of harmful language can be said. Comments made online have caused people to commit suicide, or other acts of self harm such as cutting. Social media is also an easy way to spread violence and fear. The recent clown scare is a good example of this. Teens, as well as others, were able to cause panic by creating and messaging clown accounts. Some even asked these accounts to attack their school. Perhaps some of these incidents could have been spared if there was some kind of restriction. Though it may not be able to solve the problem completely, people will be deterred if they know there is some sort of punishment. This specific question of freedom of speech is one that has become relevant to the day. A few decades ago, we would not be debating this question. Yet social media, and the internet as a whole, has been integrated into our daily lives. People have been given the ability to instantly share their thoughts with the words without a slight hesitation. With all the exposure, there is a higher potential to the most destructive kind of language than ever before. Therefore, some form of punishment should be pursued in order to prevent the devastation that can be brought on by harmful language.

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  • Isabel from New York

    In high school we all say some really stupid things on the internet. I always back this week with the movie “Cyber bully”. The movie is about a girl who gets harassed on the internet to the point she tries to kill herself. I’m sorry but look, freedom of speech should not mean anything when you are basically telling us that we have the freedom to harm ones life. I have seen multiple death threats to people that don’t deserve it what so ever. I’m not saying that freedom of speech should not be a thing, I’m saying we need a breaking point. I am very careful of what I put out there. Teenagers have the minds of a psychotic human being. We think impulsively and then do not want to take the blame. High schools should be able to punish what we say. If no one does who really is gonna tell us that it is wrong..?

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  • Ryan from Pennsylvania

    Yes, it seems that social media is used for bullying and it is disruptive and it effects one’s mental state.

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  • Grant from Washington

    I believe that high schools should be able to punish students speech on social media. I think this because you cannot let a student go without punishment if they say hurtful things or threaten other people. For example, if someone threatens another person or group, it could lead to people getting hurt both physically and emotionally. In a real life scenario, the Huffington Post wrote an article about a Kansas student, Wesley Teague, mocking the Athletic’s program and then getting suspended. The article said, ” The comments got several underclassmen upset, and they wanted to fight him.” I feel that what the school did was right because Wesley’s comment stirred up a lot of kids feelings and they wanted to use violence. If the school hadn’t got Wesley in trouble then kids might have thought that it was okay to say inappropriate or offensive things on social media. Some people against schools punishing these kids believe that it is “unconstitutional”. However, I disagree because, sure, students aren’t at school when they make these inappropriate comments but that does not justify offensive comments or posts. All in all, I believe that high schools have the authority and the right to punish students speech on social media.

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  • Stephanie from Virginia

    There is a difference between using your freedom to make your voice heard and taking advantage of your freedom to put someone down. We all have rights, but the second our rights start to infringe upon others’ is the second that these rights are not guaranteed. For example, we are all, under the Constitution, granted the following unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Do we have the right to kill others in the name of our own happiness? No. Not only is that inhumane, but it takes away someone else’s unalienable right. Our moral compass deems it despicable, and so does our Constitution. This same philosophy applies to our schools. Just because one kid wants to put someone else down to make themselves feel better doesn’t mean they can. Their pursuit of happiness is not more valuable than any other person’s; therefore, they should not be allowed to make themselves feel superior by making someone else inferior. Calling a classmate names online—which, in the end, really does nothing to make someone feel better about themselves—falls under this category and SHOULD be punished by schools. You have the freedom to say something until it crosses someone else’s freedom.

    Take Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, for example. When a student made a lewd comment in school, the Supreme Court said that the school was able to punish the student because inappropriate language takes away from the “fundamental values of public education.” If a student can’t say it in person, why can’t a student say it in real life? Of course, there is the argument that the school is only responsible for what goes on during school, and not out of it. While that is a logical argument, it dismisses the issue as a mere distraction of school and not as the moral issue that it is. At my school, when a student is caught with drugs or alcohol, they suffer consequences from our school, like through suspension on sports teams. So why on earth should the school not be able to punish behavior that directly affects other people? That affects the school and learning environment when a bully and their victim cause problems in class as a result of the online behavior? That spurs even more name-calling and shaming in person in the schools? That normalizes an inappropriate and crude behavior? According to cyberbullyhotline.com, 3 million kids per month are absent from school because of bullying. Why would a kid want to face their online bully in person, honestly? So when kids start skipping because of cyberbullying, the education system is clearly affected. The school needs to be able to protect all of its students and should therefore also be able to punish its students for being the predator in a situation.

    Finally, our right to freedom of speech does NOT let us defame others, potentially harm others, or make obscene remarks. Many cases of online speech for which schools want to have consequences really fall under these categories. Words DO harm others. If you don’t believe me, look at the facts. Teens think about suicide, attempt suicide, or commit suicide frequently over bullying and cyberbullying. Does death suddenly not count as being harmed? Yes, the teen is thinking about ending their own lives; the bully is not the one trying to end another’s life. But the bully is the one precipitating this action, the one inciting these harmful feelings. Being the literal breaking point for another person that pushes them off the edge into ending their own life should NOT go unpunished—and it shouldn’t have to wait until death either. Schools should be able to stop this behavior before it gets this far.

    If our schools don’t do something about this, who will? And if no one does, how many more peers will we lose or damage? Their lives are not worth others being able to call them dirty names or share derogatory, personal remarks about them that are intended to hurt.

    So yes, we all have this wonderful right to express ourselves. I like being able to go to school and have a political discussion with my peers. I believe it is my fundamental right. I also like being able to engage politically online; that too is my fundamental right. However, if I get heated in an argument, I do not, under any circumstance, have the right to tell someone, “Go kill yourself,” or anything of the nature—in person OR online. Being online doesn’t make it better. It just makes it more frequent.

    My rights are not more important than yours. Your rights are not more important than mine. Just because someone wants to say something that could potentially contribute to a person’s increasing hopelessness and depression about life…doesn’t mean they should say it, doesn’t mean they should be allowed to say it, and certainly doesn’t mean their school should let them do it. Our Constitution backs up this moral principle, and so does our Supreme Court.

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  • peyton from Texas

    It is a schools job to make sure students learn and are capable of being working members of our society. When students in colleges tweet or Instagram.. etc. things that are not in alignment with the schools morals most of the time the student gets punished or even kicked out of the university. In the case of bullying and threats if the school gets involved there should be punishments through the school or at least alerting the parents. Sure free speech is a right for Americans but alerting the school and having them take action on a matter doesn’t involve going to prison, or being fined. The punishment doesn’t have to be harsh, it could be something as simple as making the student apologize, or meeting with the guidance counselor, or doing community service. Young adults are being bullied everyday and some are not able to handle it, by having something like their school to help the bullying stop is something those students need. most of the time the bullying is present in the school also and that when the schools really get involved. Things like underage drinking and other illegal activity police never get involved if it’s posted so odds are a school wouldn’t care either.

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  • Emily from Washington

    Free speech is an important asset to any free individual; not to mention, any free society. However, in order to have a truly free society, there need to be limitations place on this freedom. Therefore, in situations such as school bullying there does need to be punishment for dangerous words or bullying on social media- as well as in any other setting it may take place. Besides the obvious harm bullying causes to people, there is another key concept people have been forgetting when it comes to free speech. They are so focused on an individual’s right, what that single person has the right to do, that they don’t see the division line between individual rights versus common good. Yes, everyone has opinions, feelings, e.t.c., and are entitled to experience those things, but when people act on them in a way that openly defames or compromises the well-being of others, their freedom of speech is no longer within safe boundaries. It is true, that it is not always clear as to what constitutes as hurting others, but ultimately, dangerous words spoken on social media do need to to be targeted, otherwise there would be no incentive to treat people with civility. Freedom of speech is important, but is only successful when it is given a clear prohibition, to never violate the common good.

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  • Anna from Michigan

    Schools should be able to punish student speech on social media. If Students are not punished for online bullying, they might believe that it is okay to say hateful things online. Whether you are face to face or behind a screen, it is not okay to say rude things to one another. They need to learn that their actions affect other people. This is a lesson that they will need to learn in life. If schools do not punish students now, they might have to learn the hard way later. Schools have the legal power to discipline students for bullying at school, so they should be able to punish those who bully online.

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  • Katherine from Texas

    Schools should be able to punish students based on their behavior on social media because as a student of that school, they are a representation of that school and its values. Monitoring student’s social media accounts holds them accountable and teaches them to do the right thing all the time, even when they think no one is watching.

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    • Victoria from Ohio

      In my opinion, students shouldn’t have to worry about teachers always watching everything they say. It causes paranoia and makes them afraid of using their power of free speech and press. Overall, I think that while there is bullying issues, schools representation should have nothing to do with punishing student’s speech.

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  • Taylor from Missouri

    High schools should be allowed to punish students for online behavior because if the school isn’t going to do something about it then who is? Students should not get away with being cruel to others online, that’s like letting someone get away with being cruel to someone in person. So schools should punish those who are saying things online that they shouldn’t be.

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  • Julianna from Michigan

    I believe it is perfectly okay for schools to monitor students social media and punish them. Students use social media to attack each other and promote bullying. Students will post lies about each other to ruin their victims status or life. The victim could end up being bullied and that can result in the victim becoming depressed, suicidal, the victim can start turning toward crime and become withdrawn from school and life. It is important for the school to help students succeed and have a good experience throughout school and watching social media may help a lot. So for these reasons I do support the idea of social media being watched by schools.

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  • Michael from Michigan

    My name is Michael from Michigan and I agree that schools should be able to regulate and punish students for saying or doing things on social media. But I only agree with this if they are threating someone or something, an example of what I am thinking would be. Lets say John Doe comes to school and is having a bad day and some kid comes up to him and starts making fun of him, later that day John gets on Twitter and says “I hate my life, I’m gonna bring a bomb to school and show them all”. Even though it seems that he was just getting bullied, I think the school should punish him for threating to harm others and also causing a commotion in the school system and town. I have studied this in school and since it violates multiple points of the Tinker test. So yes I do agree that the school should punish anyone that treatens somebody. And to add if someone posted such a thing at school the student was most likley on the school WIFI. Which even gives the school more right to punish a student.

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  • Cat from Michigan

    I believe that schools should be able to punish students for what they say on social media for many reasons. Firstly, most kids have some sort of phone and social media account. Because of this, kids, even adults, have developed an unhealthy addiction to their phones. Teens will sneak a text in class and stuff. I believe the school has the right to punish the students for what they say on their social media during school hours or using a school-provided device. Plus, if the school can punish those students, they could catch the kid directly and maybe stop some bullying. Since schools don’t monitor it now, students are allowed to use their social media accounts for cyberbullying. Another argument to make is the distraction. If the school was able to punish those for what they say on their social media accounts, then the students could learn better and others won’t be distracted. If the kids were limited, they wouldn’t be able to post mean, lewd, or obscene content. They would be scared of punishment. Yes, it is freedom of speech, but you still have freedom of speech. The students can still talk to people face-to-face. They don’t like this because the kids can hide behind their social media accounts and hurt people and be a coward. If the school punished these types of kids, they would be forced to become a good person and communicate old school. Overall, the school having some control over this may limit their speech by just a little, but it is for the greater good of stopping bullying and helping the kids become better people. It is also to help us become the way we were before technology destroyed us.

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  • Hannah from Michigan

    Should schools be able to punish students for what that post on social media?
    Yes, to a certain extent. If you’re on school property harassing and bullying a student then yes I feel that you should be punished with the correct punishment. If you’re going off school WIFI and you bully any student(s) then you really need to be punished. If you’re off school property and not on school WIFI then you aren’t the school(s) property then you are not the school(s) problem. Technically they cannot even deal with it unless the cops get involved an only then you’re only going to be banned from school activities, they cannot suspend you. I only know this because we’ve had this issue before here in Hastings. The posts or comments don’t even have to be a bout bullying mind you, it could be a multitude of issues and things like anything in a sexual manner or anything that has a abusive nature towards humans and animals, also you can’t put anything cutting down a race, gender, or religion. The student(s) can have choice(s) to punishment(s) to what they chose. Either, take it down and the school can have the possibility that the student(s) may or may not re-post the hurtful or insulting post off school property or suspend the child accordingly. So do I agree with punishment of a student for what they say/post on social media yes I do to a certain extent.

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  • Cameron from Michigan

    There are several reasons for why a school learning environment should be able to punish students for posting on social media. Everything we post on social media stays there for life and as being a current high school student I believe that if the post is harming another student or violating their rights then the school should take up the matter at hand. Because they can not see the person’s reaction since they are not saying it to their face, many cyberbullies do not realize that everything they post online can hurt just as much or sometimes even more then when they are said in real life. Most would say “then why doesn’t the person who’s being bullied simply log off?” but does that seem right? Taking away the rights of the victim rather than the prosecutor doesn’t solve the problem, it only slows it down until the bully finds another victim to bully and pick on. And eventually the victim might get to the point where he/she doesn’t feel safe to even go to school then we are literally taking away the rights of someone’s right to an education because they don’t feel like welcomed. So should we really just sit back and do nothing when we could be taking the issue up with the school board to solve the problem at hand?

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  • Lauren from Missouri

    I think schools should be able to punish students’ speech on social media, because if someone is being cyberbullied then the bully should be punished. If schools were able to do something about it, then the students would feel more protected. All students’ should have the freedom of speech, which is stated in the First Amendment, but it should also be monitored. I think it would be best if the school monitored social media speech because if not the school, then who?

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  • Ella from Missouri

    There are several reasons why students should have the freedom to speech (as stated in the first amendment) but when it goes too far I believe some people should take responsibility. High schools are always talking about educating the students and punishing them for things that they may be saying online is helping to educate them as well. What happens when a kid is getting cyber bullied and doesn’t know who to talk to and (when parents get involved we all know that they are going to call the other student’s parents and make a scene) doesn’t want their parent involved, high school educators should be able to take it down. I think that they should only be able to take it down or punish the student if it is brought to their attention or becomes an at school issue. Freedom of speech is really important to me but it is things like cyber bullying that have to stop somewhere and high school educators can do a lot more than you would think about it.

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  • Carmen from Missouri

    Although, it could feel like school is getting in your own business, they could be very helpful. School is usually a very safe environment for students and if something is happening online that shouldn’t be and the school can help it, I feel like they should. If somebody is being threatened, made fun of, or bullied….the school should be able to get involved, find out what is really going on and try to prevent any further issues. a lot of the times, teenagers think they can handle a whole lot more than they actually can. If people say that schools shouldn’t be able to punish students for what they post online then the person who is receiving the bullying or threats etc. could need help and without the schools help, who else can step in and help the student who is really in need of it?

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  • dan from District Of Columbia

    I think that a school should be able to punish a kid because of what the kid says on social media depending on what the kid said. If the kid threatened another kid that the school should be able to do something about it, but if the kid says a “bad word” about something that does not affect the school, then the school should keep their nose out of it.

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  • Kaitlyn from Michigan

    Schools should be able to punish students for their speech on social media because things that they say on them could negatively affect other students and it is the school’s duty to protect the students to the best of their ability. While it is true that we have a right to free speech, we must also be willing to accept consequences for the troubles that our words can cause. If students are free to say whatever they want without regulation, they will never see any reason to not say harmful things to others online.

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  • Joshua from Michigan

    Yes schools should be able to punish students for social media posts but only if the post has details pertaining to a school event or something happening on school campus or if a negative post were to be made while the student was at school.

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  • Iris from North Carolina

    High schools have every right to punish students due to what they post on social media. There are many reasons why high school administration should have this right; one being the fact that cyberbullying is becoming more and more prominent in the everyday lives of teenagers that use social media applications. According to CyberBully Hotline, 20% of kids think about suicide, with 1/10 of the kids actually attempting suicide. Whether it’s just a joke that seems small to the person who is cyberbullying, or statements that are meant to cause a pang of insecurity, the simple comments can make a person feel as if they have no worth, especially when there is an audience that gets enjoyment out of bullying. If one is not talking about the issues of cyberbullying, there are other reasons why high school administration should have the ability to punish students for what they post on social media. For instance, a student who posts about things that could potentially bring harm to others is a punishable action. This is because the duty of a high school is to keep their students safe at all costs. Applying the First Amendment to high schools does not mean one cannot post, “I am against Republicans.” That is merely an opinion, which is okay. However, if the statement was, “I hate Republicans, I want to physically hurt them all”, that could be a punishable offense, due to the fact that this comment could potentially put someone in harm. Yes, it seems as if high school students are being “constricted”, but this prepares people in the future to think before they say things. If one does not say anything that could bring harm to someone, nor cause a disturbance, the punishments have nothing to do with him or her. Having an opinion is one thing; putting someone in potential danger is another.

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  • Maya from Illinois

    Schools and the education systems are very “special” treatment when it comes to the Bill of Rights. Schools have the right to search students lockers and backpacks without probable cause, they can also punish a student for speaking out of term (violating freedom of speech). The only way schools are allowed to step around the rights of students is because the institution have all the students sign a contract before they are admitted to school. This contract lays out the guidelines and rules all students must abide by, and the punishments for violating such rules. This is why a school is able punish a student for something said on social media. Because of these contracts that the students sign, they wave their rights in order to attend this institution. So the answer is YES if the school has issued a contract to the students and they have all agreed to the terms and signed.

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  • Kaley from California

    I personally agree with this completely. Schools should punish students who post inappropriate or hurtful comments online. Schools should also be able to step in help , protect and stop bullying. Most parents and school staff aren’t aware of what children do over the internet or social media so it is often overlooked.

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  • Sophia from Nebraska

    Freedom of Speech means that the government can’t punish you for what you say, not that there are no consequences whatsoever. There needs to be consequences when people spread hate speech. Schools are supposed to provide a safe learning environment for students, and that means protecting students from bullies both on school property and online. People tend to think of the internet as not being “real;” therefore, they can get away with anything there, but something said online isn’t any less real than something said in person. Even if you can’t directly see it, words said online can have a very real impact on people.

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  • Esther from Texas

    Although many argue that freedom of speech is guaranteed to us by the constitution, limits do exist. Violence and hate speech should not be tolerated. Bullying is unacceptable and if people can’t learn to control their mouths and treat each other respectably, then rules need to be set in place to control their mouths for them. As a student in a school with a pretty hostile environment, I understand the repercussions of drama and the spread of gossip, it just makes everything so uncomfortable and so tense. It hinders the ability for all parties involved to focus on what’s important when it comes to school, education.

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  • Cassidy from California

    There are limits to freedom of speech. This issue has been dealt with throughout history, such as in the 1942 Supreme Court case Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire. This case prohibited “fighting words” that are likely to “provoke a violent reaction”. If people are not allowed to say aggressive and angering words in public, then why should it be allowed online for the public to see? The answer seems obvious and yet is left largely up to interpretation in individual cases. Morally, students should not be allowed to post threats or hate speech online, and all instances of such should be taken seriously. Social media posts provide concrete evidence of a student’s plans or attempts to harm others. In the U.K., harassment, offensive comments, and menacing and threatening behavior online are all legally punishable, yet in the U.S., Internet users can get away with virtually any post. This is immoral and dangerous to those who may be harmed by the person in real life. If they threaten to do harm, they should be stopped before they are allowed to go through with it. This is about more than expressing one’s feelings; it is about safety of others and the prevention of anarchy. It is indeed democratic to prevent citizens from harming one another, both physically and emotionally, as long as it is an issue that is democratically voted on. While debate is encouraged in a democratic government, threats and hate speech are not. This is a fine line that needs to be clearly drawn to protect online users in today’s highly technological society.

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  • Arushi from Ohio

    Dangerous speech is not protected by the 1st Amendment, as decided by the 1925 Gitlow v. New York case. Social media posts can be considered dangerous speech because cyber bullying is one of the leading causes of teenage suicide. Because it is dangerous speech, it can be limited and the student can be punished. The claim that free speech is “constitutionally guaranteed regardless of age or location” is incorrect. There have been many court cases which limit freedom of speech, especially in schools. In Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, it was decided that schools have the authority to censor the school newspaper. This decision can be extended to allow schools to limit student speech and thus social media speech. It is accepted that when entering a school students must give up some of their rights for the safety of others. For example: students lose their right to privacy in schools, because they can be searched for drugs or weapons anytime at school. Opponents of punishing students’ speech on social media argue that limiting their speech is an infringement of constitutional rights. However, in schools students give up many rights. The Tinker v Des Moines case decided that school officials can censor student speech if they prove that the speech interferes with the operation of school. Social media bullying could negatively impact the victim’s performance and attendance at school, therefore it is a disturbance to school operations.
    Based on previous court decisions, it can be concluded that schools do have the power to censor and punish student speech on social media that is proven to be harmful to other students or the learning environment.

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  • Bella from Virginia

    Although the Constitution does give Americans the right to free speech, the purpose of government entities and officials is to protect citizens. Social media platforms are growing increasingly popular with school-aged students, thus increasing means of bullying. A school’s job is to maintain a learning environment in which their students can be safe. With the ever present threat of bullies, kids can no longer feel safe without interference from the school. It should be up to the school to decide whether or not a student is safe or whether or not another student’s actions and/or social media posts are causing another student harm: physical or emotional. In sum, schools should be allowed to sensor student’s social media platforms when they prohibit a prosperous learning environment.

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  • Natasha from California

    High schools should be able to punish students for their online speech. My reasons for this being that most teens don’t realize the impact that social media can have on their lives, both at the time and in the future. They need to be made wary of the consequences of loose lips. Also, I’d like to take the time to point out the fact that constitutional rights don’t apply to students 17 and younger, they’re not adults so therefore they’re not entitled to these rights until the age of 18. If a student is 18 then the school has no influence in what they post online. I often hear “They said it on -Insert social site-, it doesn’t matter.” To any student reading this, what you post online matters just as much as what you say offline.

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    High schools should be able to punish students for their online speech. My reasons for this being that most teens don’t realize the impact that social…

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  • Katie from Utah

    If there is a need to be punished about another student or topic, schools should be allowed to do so. Schools should be allowed because the student speech on social media may affect someone’s ability to learn. If one applies for a job, the interviewer will look through social media before accepting the interviewee for the job. Along with that, the boss will continuously watch for inappropriate things over social media, and will fire their employee if something is found. Schools should have the right to suspend kids for cyber bullying if they can be in legal trouble for such things.

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    If there is a need to be punished about another student or topic, schools should be allowed to do so. Schools should be allowed because the student sp…

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  • Shane from California

    Everyone should have the right to state their own opinion. Of course, no matter online or in real life, opinion is hard to take sometimes but, unfortunately, has caused many people whom received the negative comments to hit depression. “Opinion” and words can be some of the most dangerous form of weapons. I do agree that the 1st amendment clearly protects freedom of speech, but that doesn’t mean that we can go around and hurts other with our words. For example, the 2nd amendment also protects the right to bear arms, but we can’t go around and hurt people with our “arms.” If “arms” and “words” can hurt and, sometimes, kill people, then why can’t we punish those who hurts others with their so-called “words.” Law-wise, the 9th amendment also states that there are other rights people have that are not listed on the Constitution; so, why can’t the right of safety in the society be one of the non-listed. Also, the 9th amendments also states that there are crimes that just because it’s not listed on the Constitution, it doesn’t men that the people can violate them; so what makes the people online thinks that they can hurt others with their opinion without any penalty?

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  • Katelyn from Wisconsin

    One of the arguments many (if not all) people use to defend their answer that high schools should not be able to punish student speech on social media is the first amendment, which explicitly lists such freedom of speech. However, when one looks at this argument in light of the second amendment, the matter becomes much more of a grey area. As with the freedom of speech, Americans also have the right to bear arms; however, not just anyone can carry concealed weapons. In the state I live in, a license is required, as well as background checks, an age limit, and other such safety regulations. Furthermore, weapons are prohibited on federal grounds such as post offices and courthouses. Clearly, though citizens have the right to bear arms, there are still rather limiting laws concerning that right for the people’s protection. There is the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” – that is among the most untrue statement. Words have a power to make a person or break a person; they can inspire and empower or they can maliciously shame and belittle. Suicide is the third leading cause of deaths per year; according to the CDC, there are about 4,400 suicides committed (with at least 100 attempts for each one committed, adding to 440,000 attempts per year). Meanwhile, studies by Yale University show that bully victims are between twice and nine times more likely to consider suicide than other. Furthermore, a study in Britain found at least half the suicides among young people are related to bullying. Obviously, bullying can be just as powerful as a firearm, perhaps even worse because it causes people to murder themselves. And so, in much the same way that there are regulations on firearms (despite the 2nd amendment) that are for the people’s safety, there should be limits on speech as well for the protection of the people. Consequences naturally follow for breaking rules, and schools are a large source of enforcing such rules to provide a healthy environment – both physical and emotional – for their students. Because of this, I do think that high schools should be able to punish students for speech on social media; but *only* if it is truly harmful and during school hours or pertinent to the school itself. Outside of school, however, I believe that is parents are for…but that is a whole other debate.

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  • Paola from North Carolina

    Yes, one student might push another to commit suicide or to do something they wouldn’t morally do

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  • Payton from Oklahoma

    Although each student has a constitutional right to free speech, this does not morally justify cruel and hateful statements on social media. I believe that individuals who take advantage of social media to belittle and insult others are abusing their own rights to free speech. Similar to drinking alcohol, if you are of age, you have every right to consume it. At the same time, this does not justify the abuse of the substance in a way that may hurt others (i.e. violence, drunk driving). Because of this, we have laws put in place to discourage drunk driving and violence. When these acts are committed, negative legal consequences can take place. Circling back to punishing students for an abuse of free speech, this is a means to protect the well being of the general public. Therefore, I believe that implementation of consequences for the abuse of free speech, after careful consideration, are justified.

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  • Nash from Alabama

    To first explain why schools should be able to punish students for social media actions we probably need to go over “in loco parentis” for schools, which is Latin for in place of parents and describes the relationship between schools and the students that attend that school. this is used to defend disciplinary actions and searches conducted at the school. Basically the school acts as your parent while you are attending that school. one important court case that pertains to the topic is Tinker v. Des Moines Independent community school district. This court case involved the suspension of students who were suspended for wearing armbands in protest of the war in Vietnam. the court ruled that since it did not directly interfere with the operation of school. this is important because it shows that students do have some first amendment rights at school. I would like to point out that in this case it was just armbands directed at a war and not specifically anyone at that school. Minors also don’t enjoy full constitutional rights based on the fact that are brains aren’t fully developed and we tend to make rash decisions and the fact that the government and the supreme court of the united states has put restrictions on those rights for minors especially. often time social media does interfere with school based on the number of students that have their phones out and the number of students who bring conflicts that arise on social media into the school environment. some schools may have you and your guardians sign a contract or a code of conduct that specifies what you can and cannot do on social media. some might say that social media is something conducted outside of school but as stated above many students already broken these rules and brought social media into the school despite rules on phone use and social media in school. so let me ask you, student to student, do you honestly think everyone is going to stop bringing social media up in school? the answer is going to be no. so schools should be allowed to regulate social media use and punish students for it within reason. the punishment should come for anything that is degrading, demeaning, or threatening to any other student or family member. simply discussing an opinion that the moderator may disagree with is not something that is due for punishment. now, as stated above, if it is degrading, demeaning, or threatening to anybody else then action should be taken against the author of that statement. A human brain is not developed until between the ages of 25-28. this means that kids may use radical and harsh statements without really meaning to. that is why someone who is smarter than me needs to come up with some sort of strike system. plus, with in loco parentis the school is in essence a parent. so why shouldn’t the school monitor their, in legality, kids social media like a good parent or guardian. once these minors become adults they will probably know very well what the limits are while using social media. so schools should be able to punish students for misbehaving on social media but there should be moderate monitoring and a clear and outlined punishment system with a code of conduct section that clearly states what you can and cannot do.

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  • Andrew from Virginia

    High schools should have the ability to punish student speech on social if it affects the learning process of any of the students involved. Affecting in this context means that there are apparent negative trends in the student’s academic endeavors that need to be addressed. For example, if the student were to have a consistent trend in failing grades and he or she claims that the source emerges from the constant attacks online, the administrators may step in to fix this issue. However, if the students involved show no issues in their academic scores and behaviors, it is not the role of the high school to infringe on the speech of the students. The issue then should be resolved by another entity.

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  • Serena from Texas

    Even though the First Amendment is our freedom of speech there is a line that should not be crossed. But that line on social media has been crossed many times. I personally, do believe that schools should be able to punish students for posting unnecessary comments about other individuals or even on certain topics which were they specify the boundaries of what circumstances they should not cross over. The same can be said with real life situations where there are time where individuals abuse the first amendment of the freedom of speech in multiple occasions and are reported to officials where they are charged of harassment at times. If school were to punish their students for abusing their freedom of speech and tarnishing the schools reputation then the more likely the students would become aware of the line that should not be crossed. With the school taking action, they would also to stop the student while in their tracks and help them not set a bad reputation for themselves where they are stopped from spoiling a future job interview better yet the rejection of their dream college.

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  • Luke from Maryland

    School districts should be allowed to punish, or at least reprimand and educate students when troubling online behavior arises. Free speech is guaranteed to students in a public school, as stated in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, but it was also stated that if this free speech infringed upon the operation of the school, it could be punished. Much like in Schenck v. United States, where free speech can be punished if it incites “clear and present danger,” online bullying and rude comments could be found to put a fellow student in danger, thus also disrupting the school operations for that student. Therefore, schools should be allowed to punish students for dangerous and negative online usage, because with cyber-bullying rampant in our society, every step should be taken to help those threatened, to prevent any worse harm from being done.

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  • Katie from Nebraska

    I think schools should be able to punish students if they post inappropriate things online. Schools should have the right to protect their students, staff, and other employees from rude, and disrespectful things said online. Students should be smart enough to not to post disrespectful things online for everyone to see, because more then likely they will get in trouble. Some kids will not be punished for these things unless the school steps in to tell them that what they are doing is wrong. Some parents are not aware of what their children are doing online, so if the parents cannot stop them then the school should be able to. If a student posts something that disrupt other students education, or if they posts some that is dangerous or demeaning to the school, then the school should be able to put a stop to it.

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  • Lee from Georgia

    Yes, schools should be allowed to punish students for what they say on social media within certain circumstances. Social media is no different than words coming out of someone’s mouth. As the Supreme Court ruled in Tinker v Des Moine students do have the right to free speech except if it causes a disturbance. This showing by Tinker was not even a spoken protest it was just a group of students wearing black armbands. In New Jersey v. TLO the Supreme Court said that students have limited 4th Amendment rights and that a school needs reasonable suspicion to search one’s belongings. A social media account is a belonging of the person. In Reno v ACLU the Supreme Court said that the internet was a free speech zone. Yes, the internet is a free speech zone for ADULTS. As the court has shown in cases such as TLO, Morse v. Frederick and Tinker students do not have the same rights as adults in certain aspects of the law. In J.S. v. Bethlehem Area School District, 757 the school was within its rights to punish a student for the derogatory and threatening remarks. That case clearly stipulates that students do not have as much freedom as adults. In certain circumstances the school should be allowed to search social media. That does not mean that they can search whenever they please, as the court said in TLO reasonable suspicion is needed because students still have some rights. Students do have rights but they do not have the same rights as an adult.

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  • Brianna from Pennsylvania

    High school students should be punished for speech on social media. For example two presenters came to my school to discuss cyber bullying and the consequences. Students who are bullied online have a higher chance of being depressed or thinking about self harm. The reason for that is students are scared to tell teachers because the bully will find out and try to attack them outside of social media. Students must remember words hurt.

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  • Tatiana from Pennsylvania

    High school students should be able to be punished over speech on social media. Students should get punished over speech on social media because students could be bullying someone. As you bully someone on social media there are a lot of consequences to it. If the student feels like he/she is being targeted over and over it can lead the student to self harm, depression, or suicide. If it leads to suicide the student should be able to be punished and be charged with the crime. The student should not feel as if its okay to do these things over social media because of ” freedom of speech ” . This amendment is not for it to lead to bullying or even furthermore suicide. This is why students should be punished for speech on social media.

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    • Samuel from Florida

      But Tatiana, the question is not what should be done. The question is: what can be done? It is not the job of the government, and, consequently, of public schools, to do what is “right”. They may only do what is constitutional.

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  • Breyanna from Pennsylvania

    There actually happen to be numerous reasons that add up as to why schools should punish students for their speech on the internet. One reason would definitely be the fact that high-leveled jobs monitor their employees on the internet, so why not set students ready for their possible future? Reinforcing this would make students’ transition into the real world a task they are set and prepared for. Another reason would be the fact that students can scurrilous towards others, which tends to lead to bullying. Although, students do have the Amendment I by their side, they often take it out of proportion and have the proclivity of using it to intentionally verbally abuse others over the internet. Most schools today have the hopes to terminate bullying, as they, so why not at least monitor where it often begins? Mental disorders that are caused by verbal abuse, suicide rates, etc. would decrease substantially. Lastly, students are actually a representation of not just their parents and/or guardians, they are an extension of the school for outside schools and scholars to observe and judge. If the student is tarnishing the school’s image and reputation, then they deserve to suffer consequences that the school has ready to place on students that are reckless on the social media.

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  • Alejandro from Pennsylvania

    yes, I believe that students that are posting dangerous stuff should be punished. reason why I agree with this is because online bully’s can target on weak and defenseless kids as well as teenagers could instigate fights on school grounds or near the school area putting people in danger. I’ve seen arguement’s happen and not every one of them turned out to end good. I’ve seen kids and teenagers threaten others and a few actually committed suicide. I don’t want people to do this to others so i agree that if people want to threaten or make people commit suicide or start a fight with them over social media should be punished.

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    yes, I believe that students that are posting dangerous stuff should be punished. reason why I agree with this is because online bully’s can target on…

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  • Samaris from Pennsylvania

    Yes, I personally believe that students should be punished for posting inappropriate things on social media. I understand that everyone has freedom of speech and that’s perfectly fine, but I also believe that no one at all should talk about anybody on social media. It is a shame how some schools don’t really care about what their students post online. Many people have killed themselves, and if you really think about it half of the time that these things happen it’s mostly through the cyberbullying that goes on. Yes, I do believe that everyone has freedom of speech but it is not okay to hurt someone else.

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  • Zenobia from North Carolina

    Yes, high school students should be able to punish other students speech on social media because when our youth speak their mind inappropriately containing to a certain topic it may influence another youth to do an act that would pertain to the limitations of freedom of speech. It would imminent violent actions such as threats on social media that would cause bullying, which can lead to another possible crime such as fighting and or committing suicide. You would expect us youth to prevent bullying and say something when you see it but this is a ongoing action that’s taking place in our schools and in our community but why wouldn’t you expect us to do the same on social media since us youth and teens have a lot of influences there? Any lead is a good lead for a good cause and social media is world wide and we wouldn’t want this cause to spread. We all grew up and still growing up differently and we all think differently as well, but one thing we all have in common is we wouldn’t want any of our loved ones getting hurt. So when we see something we should say something because neither of us want to feel guilty, knowing we could have did something to save someone life.

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  • DáShawn from North Carolina

    I believe that high-schools should punish students for negative speech about other students. Although there are no specific guidelines about what is considered bullying, it is pretty easy to see when someone is being cyber-bullied.

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  • Ethan from Nebraska

    If something inappropriate is posted on school property, I think it should be handled by the school/staff

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  • Saribel from Pennsylvania

    High schools should be allowed to punish students for their actions if and only if, the two kids are in school. Schools should not step in if no one is being harmed or if it involves just one person. If a child from a school has the ability to bash on another kids name from the school, then courts have the ability to give that child consequences. One of the biggest reasons to stop cyber-bullying is because of the suicide rates increasing. “A review of data collected between 2004 and 2010 via survey studies indicated that lifetime cyber-bullying victimization rates ranged from 20.8% to 40.6% and offending rates ranged from 11.5% to 20.1%.” (stated on Social Media and Suicide: A Public Health Perspective). Another reason why schools should be able to have a right to speak towards a bullying action of any kind is because schools are “free bullying zones”. No matter if it is cyber-bullying or face to face, bullying of any kind leads to violence at some point which could cause a brawl at schools or outside of school, leading the problems to come into the school.

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  • Rojhauni from Pennsylvania

    High Schools should be able to punish what children say on social media. Students should be able to be punished just because it shows some kids that there are not allowed to just do and say whatever they want. For example, if someone were to continuously bully someone over social media and continue to go unpunished then that person feels as if they no restrictions on them and that they can continue to do whatever they want. This is not only a matter of just bullying over the internet but if someone were to feel they can do whatever they want then it might not stop at just cyber bullying these people might get bored and move on to acts of violence, this is how the life of a criminal begins believing that you are above the rules of society and that you are free to do whatever you want. Also, the “first amendment says that you have the right to free speech, however it does not grant anyone freedom for the consequences of what they do say”.

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  • Mariah from Pennsylvania

    Schools should be able to punish students’ speech on social media. Allowing students to get away with the cruel comments they make should be prohibited. As I read in an article, “Chip Douglas, a 10th grade English teacher in North Carolina, resigned after students created a fake Twitter profile that portrayed him as a hyper-sexualized drug addict ”(The Atlantic). Students do not realize their cruel online comments cannot only hurt a person, but it can also destroy their reputation. Punishing students would decrease the amount of cruel comments made towards another person.

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  • Dieumaitre from Pennsylvania

    High schools should definitely have the right to punish students because of things they say or do on social media. If a student is posting things on social media about another student then that is going to cause problems in the actual school. Yes, the first amendment does say U.S citizens have the right to freedom of speech, but how can us as Americans really say bullying or belittling another student is freedom of speech. According to The Center for Public Education (CPE), ” A public learning institution requires a peaceful environment to thrive”. With that said, in order to get a peaceful environment there should be consequences for the student(s) stooping that form happening.

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    High schools should definitely have the right to punish students because of things they say or do on social media. If a student is posting things on s…

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  • Nelson from Pennsylvania

    I strongly support highschools punishing students for their comments on social media. Many will say no, because we have the right of freedom of speech; however, we do not have immunity to the consequences that follow for one’s comments. For example, one can not go on social media, student or not, and make hate crime comments without consequences. One cannot dehumanize, degrade, or demean anybody, whethere it be student or not, without consequences. In conclusion, yes, highschools should be able to punish students for their comments on social media.

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  • Alondra from Pennsylvania

    Schools should be able to punish student’s speech on social media. I think students should be held accountable because online harassment can truly affect a person. It is not that schools are taking freedom of speech away. Freedom of speech should not be used to justify such negative actions that are done by so many students every single year. According to the global movement named DoSomething, “Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 had it happen more than once.” Limitations need to be set, so this problem can stop. If schools get involved, students will be more mindful of their choices with social media. Students will be more mature with their social media accounts, if schools are able to punish high school student’s speech on social media.

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  • Alyza from Pennsylvania

    The school does have a right to punish a student for an inappropriate or an act of cyberbullying on social media, only if the victim attends the school. If the victim does not attend the school, it is no longer the school’s responsibility; that’s when it becomes the parent’s responsibility. For example, student A posted a sexually inappropriate post about student B, the school should be able to punish student A about it.

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  • Daniel from New Jersey

    If Parents are incapable of punishing their children for the poor choices they make and the poor things they say on social media then schools should be allowed to punish students for what they post. Although a students parents should be able to do so, police should not be utilized to combat cyber bullying and other occurrences, therefor schools could be used to do so.

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  • Lourdes from Texas

    Schools should be able to punish student based on their speech contents on social media, because social media can turn into cyberbullying.

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  • Vinh from New York

    In order to properly evaluate this problem, we must look to the context in which the First amendment was established and its historical usage. Historical records regarding the founding fathers’ intention in creating this amendment are unclear, however. Yet it is obvious that the first amendment is used to protect people in their criticism of the government. And so, this interpretation leads to the “market place” point of view, which regards the first amendment as the crucial protection of the free flow of ideas. When looking at “punishable” activities of students on social media, the school has to see whether the punishment of such act would infringe this “free flow of ideas.” Indeed, one just need to look at the case of Des Moines and the case of Bethel to see this implementation of this “market place” point of view, which has been used extensively for the past century. These cases and this view lead to the conclusion that school has the right of punishing students for speech that causes harm to people; however, they cannot punish students for voicing an opinion central to politics or other social issues.

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    • Elaine from Massachusetts

      I agree with “Vinh from New York” because as a student of your high school you are representing your school wherever and whatever you do whether its on social media or in real life. Schools should be allowed to punish students speech on social media because if you say something that is negative it is a representation of your school and your school as the right to discipline you. Your school should only be allowed to punish if and only if what you are saying is causing harm to a community. But again you have the right of freedom of speech so there is not much the school can do.

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  • Phillip from Nebraska

    I do believe that schools should be able to punish, to a degree, students on social media, if the situation(s) calls for it. Now a day everyone has an account for one thing or another, that’s how out economy is because of technology. These accounts allow students to talk, gossip, argue . . . The point is not everything a student says or does is sugarcoated with a cherry on top. People will always talk after class, or when a teacher isn’t around. Schools should only do this if it’s during school hours, because if a student(s) is putting out derogatory comments about follow students or teachers, then they should be punished. Everyone has the Freedom of Speech, but what you write or type can always come back to you in the end. That’s the beauty of technology; you can’t get rid of something just by deleting it. The code will always be there, like everything that you’ve ever said. Once something is said, it can’t ever be taken back. In the end it doesn’t matter who your parents are, or what type of rank you hold, display negativity and karma will catch up to you.

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  • Emily from Missouri

    High Schools should have the right to to limit students’ speech on social media if the post causes disruption in the classroom. Then, it becomes a school issue in which disciplinary action must take place set by school rules.

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    • Bryan from Massachusetts

      Yes I completely agree with this whole statement. Though I believe that students are entitled to make there own decisions having freedom of speech I still believe that anything said to put down others is still unjust. comments and pictures posted to social media of students from there school acting out in illegal and unjust ways, especially to their classmates pertains to the identity of the school and how well the school has done to prevent such occurrences. students posting pictures of things such as bullying others directly connects to how hard the school tries to prevent these things from happening and if the teachers are truly doing there job. Do the teachers pay attention to their class? A great question to be asked when bullying of one classmate to another is happening and is proven all over social media and nothing is done to stop it.
      -Bryan

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      Yes I completely agree with this whole statement. Though I believe that students are entitled to make there own decisions having freedom of speech I s…

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    • Kayliegh from Massachusetts

      I agree with this statement , that if the content on social media Is affecting the classroom then it becomes a school issue. I think especially if a child is being bullied and screenshots of social media accounts are brought to the schools attention by a student or parent, that the school should not just turn the other cheek because it was on social media. I think it then becomes the school’s responsibility to help the child and discipline who ever was writing and cyber bulling the student

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    • Yuni from Massachusetts

      Posting negative things on social media should be punished by high schools even if every people have their right to speak. It doesn’t mean that we can talk or post negative things about someone on the social media. Posting negative things on the social media is still a crime and can be punished. Cyberbullying must be stopped because it doesn’t only hurt other’s feelings, but also can make an extreme happening by committing suicide. High schools should limit about posting bad things on the social media instead of being indifferent about it.

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    • Kori from Massachusetts

      Schools should not only discipline if the cause disrupts the class but if it endangers a child physically or mentally. Online bullying is a serious offence that is noted as a criminal act. students change physically and mentally due to the harsh comments other students post online. If schools notice any danger, changes in a students behavior or hear anything about social media comments, reporting the act is a must that teachers and staff need to do.

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    • Dalton from Texas

      Yes this would be an excellent program. However, there could be multiple loopholes to this particular rule that would possibly be established. The first situation that would cause this to have an issue would be that many students throughout all schools would in fact plead the first amendment in which by the standards of the Bill of Rights they would be correct. Another particular issue could be the fact that many students in this modern age use a device called a VPN. A VPN is a application that is used to block out the firewalls that schools and other institutions use in order to regulate social media, via text, etc.. So therefore, as a result it would be impossible to completely regulate the posts and conversations made by students within that institution. In which is why I say as a fellow student myself, this possible regulation or rule being proposed here would be non applicable in schools.

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  • Trey from Nebraska

    Yes, I think that school administrators and teachers should be allowed to punish students’ actions on social media. My number one reason for saying so is due to all of the bullying that goes on in today’s society. Social media brings derogatory comments and actions said by students to the forefront of social media. The viewers now consist not only of those in first hand involvement with the situation, but those who came across the post. It depends on how each viewer perceives the information they see. They could see it as funny or amusing and someone else could see it as disrespectful. Nonetheless, those who find it amusing or coincide with it feed the flame of embarrassment for the victim. Other than an instance where a persons’ well being is at risk, I feel that school officials should have no involvement in what others say on social media, no matter how bad it may be. Students by now should know the risks they are taking with social media.

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  • Nate from Oregon

    Cyber-bullying is an epidemic that has resulted in many students committing suicide. Too many students think that they can do what they want and not be accountable for what they say. There has to be a limit.

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  • Miranda from Oklahoma

    While American citizens do have the right to free speech, there are parameters in which it is allowed. If the student’s speech is related back to the school or a school event and it is posted during school hours or using school equipment, the school has the right to enforce their code of conduct and their rules that they have set. If the student’s speech indicates intended harm towards a staff member or the school itself, the school possesses the right to punish the student making the threats or comments. Just like businesses cannot punish their employees for posting something they don’t necessarily agree with unless it contradicts their contract and code of conduct or insinuates danger to the business or employees.

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  • Stephanie from Nebraska

    I believe in intervention. If a kid feels threatened by someone or is bullied on social media, they should feel safe to talk to anyone at the school. The school shouldn’t be able to do a school punishment, but for the first offense they should talk to the parents. I know, “not everyone has good parents,” but for the second offense they should do something to help. Not a school related punishment, but something that teaches them that bullying is wrong. I don’t think they should do anything if they are talking about the school or a teacher unless they feel threatened. Half the time people don’t threaten a school but they just talk junk. Not everything should be punished for. Take it case by case. So I guess my opinion is neutral, not really one sided

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  • Sam from Virginia

    People are often times very abusive to students online, and even make threats to others because of things they can’t change. Students should feel safe from peer harassment on and offline that way there is less risk of depression and low functioning students.

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  • Leah from Georgia

    Members of Congress, public servants, military personnel and employees of all kinds of businesses are given guidelines to follow concerning social and internet etiquette and are expected to follow those guidelines as a representative of government, country and business; and there are severe consequences for not adhering to the expectations of those who employ them. Therefore, students should have guidelines set forth in their student handbooks that outline similar principles of courtesy and conduct in social forums, both online and in person, and the consequences of not being courteous should be carried out by both school officials and parents.

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  • keiana from Georgia

    yes. because they have the right to say what they say. Just like Donald Trump we have the right to give a speech of how we feel.

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  • Quadranae from Texas

    Yes, because what they put on social media can follow them through out their whole live. Also, High schools are suppose to help you advance your future but if you are posting certain things that should not be on social media, then you can loose or not get a job/college.

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    Yes, because what they put on social media can follow them through out their whole live. Also, High schools are suppose to help you advance your futur…

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    • Pressley from Tennessee

      I agree with your point that comments made on social media can cloud an individual’s reputation for years to come, however, that is not a valid reason to punish a student. Unless a comment is made while in the classroom, or on school property, school officials have no reason to control what their students say.

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  • Crystal from Michigan

    As a student and person I value the right of having freedom of speech. The right to express oneself should be a right all should have, not a privilege because it cannot be taken away. Everyone should have the right to say what they feel, or think, but there are some controversies to this. It’s great that one can express what they feel without getting punished, but when what they say starts turing into a hate speech or similar, then that is when the problems start to rise. The problem with hate speech is that it creates an unfriendly environment on the Internet and just spreading hate. Now when it comes to a student doing hate speeches on the Internet or else were the school should be aware of this because that student is representing him/herself and the school him/her attends. If the student is just expressing his/her believes without being hateful or sending hate speeches then it’s ok because that student has the right to say what they want as long as it’s not harming anyone. Of course it does not mean they can’t criticize things, it’s great but is should be don respectfully.

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  • Emily from Nebraska

    Schools are responsible for the physical and mental welfare of their students. Therefore, negatively infringing on the school’s learning environment or another student’s education is taking away their right to learn as well as the school’s right to be a safe, educating environment for it’s students. While, social media posts exemplify our first amendment right, bringing the problem into school makes it the school’s problem. Therefore, I feel the school has right to handle all problems brought forth that may interfere with the positive educational surroundings. I believe the school has the right to ask and recommend the post be taken down, and if this is not done, then I feel the school has the right to punish the student as they see fit. Schools live off of the environment for the students created by the faculty, administration, and the other students, so maintaining this environment is vital to give all students their equal right to learn.

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  • Kaylee from Nebraska

    I think high schools should be able to punish student speech on social media if they post something that isn’t causing harm to anyone, but is inappropriate or mean during the hours that they are in school. The school administration should be able to punish students that post something that is causing harm to other students’ mental and emotional health either during or after school hours. The administration should also be able to call in the authorities for harassment and suspend or expel the student that is posting the tweets or statuses. I think that if students post something that isn’t causing harm to anyone, then they shouldn’t be able to punish them because it would be violating their right of freedom of speech.

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  • Trent from Nebraska

    Schools should be able to punish kids if they post inappropriate or rude things on social media. As long as the posts pertain to the school or take place on the school’s property they should be able to handle the situation and take whatever steps they think are necessary. If it has nothing to do with the school or anything concerning the school they should let the students or parents work out the issue on their own. An exception to this would be if the parents do not care and do not want to deal with it. The kid should be able to go to the school administration for help of they think it is getting out of hand and something needs to be done.

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  • Lyndsey from Nebraska

    Yes I think schools should be able to punish students for there speech on the Internet. They should be able to do this because if a student speaks badly about another student and that issue arises in school and creates bigger problems then the school should be able to take control of the situation and do something about it. If it is affecting the students learning and nothing is being done about it then the school should be able to step in to help eliminate the problem. School want cyber bullying to stop and if the school doesn’t do anything about it then they need to step in to stop the online bullying. There are other ways that students can eliminate it themselves but something’s just don’t fix the problem completely. Students can go to an adult outside of school and try to fix it themselves but if it keeps accruing and its happening more in school then the school needs to take control.

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    Yes I think schools should be able to punish students for there speech on the Internet. They should be able to do this because if a student speaks bad…

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  • Ryan from Nebraska

    I do believe that schools should be able to punish student speech on social media if it’s a reasonable idea or explanation to punish a student for. At our school, we are given computers to use for school work and also other things. But when we received our computers we had to sign a document for the school promising not to use any derogative speech that may harm anybody plus myself. Although I think if students still harass someone on their own mobile device, that they should be punished the exact same way. In this world today, a large percentage of parents don’t control their kids or what they do on social media. So, after all said and done, I think that if a student if bullying someone via social media, that they be set in their place and receive the consequences that are headed for them in the near future.

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  • Katrina from Florida

    I believe that some high school students have used social media in a negative way, in the case of bullying. Online bullying is easy to see and can be stopped due to the fact that the bullying starts in person and the majority of the time starts at school. The internet has just become a way to continue the bullying from a distance, at any time of the day on any day. It has made it easier and more convenient rather than only occurring on school days.

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  • Dashauna from Texas

    It shouldn’t just be high schools punishing student speech on social media. Middle schools should too. We’re in this generation where kids younger than the age of 13 has a phone. Every high school and middle school should punish student speech on social media that can lead to suicidal attempts due to cyber bullying. Did you know according to Yale University bullied victims are 7 to 9 percent more likely to commit suicide. 20% of kids think about suicide due to cyber bullying.

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    It shouldn’t just be high schools punishing student speech on social media. Middle schools should too. We’re in this generation where kids younger tha…

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  • Jacob from California

    Regarding cases of cyber bullying, schools should have the ability to handle instances of this offense in the same way that they would handle any other form of bullying. There is no distinction between cyber bullying and traditional bullying, except perhaps for the fact that it is far easier to get away with cyber bullying than traditional bullying. However, the school should only be able to punish students who commit this act via a school account, or something created using a school account. If it is not done through the school-controlled, tracked, and monitored account, then the school will not be able to verify that the student in question actually performed the act, as opposed to occurrences such as hacked accounts and identity theft. If schools are granted the ability to punish instances of cyber bullying using school property, then it will become that much more difficult for students to commit such acts. If not granted that ability, however, then cyber bullying is likely to increase in the future as people realize that it is an act that can be performed with impunity. In implementing this plan, we have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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  • Jonathan from Indiana

    I think they should be able to punish students, who use free speeches on social media to attack other students. It is okay to have a free speech, but not to use it in order to offend the other person. I believe if one has something to reveal, one should without any offense to anyone.

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  • Callie from Georgia

    School systems have the authoritative right to check, view, and refer back to students’ social media accounts in all situations, including those where students are caught cyber-bullying, using profanity, or involved in illegal activities. Many will argue that the first amendment guarantees the right of the students to be able to say whatever they want, however, when faced with the situation of school vs student, the school will always win. If schools have the right and authority to punish students when they do not comply with dress code policies, shouldn’t they also have to right and authority to punish students when their behavior and actions defy the regulations put in place for good behavior?
    The way that students act cannot be controlled by the schools, but the schools can definitely teach students what is right and wrong by telling them that their actions are unacceptable.
    When actions such as cyberbullying are ignored by the school system, the students involved gain power and if they are not confronted by another adult such as a parent, they feel as if they can do anything. These problems cause even more problems within schools and lead to the school eventually getting involved. If rather, the school does get involved, it ends with the student learning their lesson and increases the school’s influence over the ethical actions and moral decisions of students.
    All in all, schools have the constitutional right to have a say in what a student does both on and off campus.

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  • Meghan from Texas

    There are many reasons why schools should be allowed to punish students’ speech on social media. Even though the first amendment says that we have the right of free speech; does not give students the right to bully someone online or post harsh things. Schools should be allowed to discipline students who do such a thing to prevent it from happening again.

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  • Brooke from Nebraska

    Yes, I think schools should be able to punish kids who don’t use social media appropriately.

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  • Anna from Nebraska

    In my opinion, schools should be allowed to punish student’s speech on social media. Students are at school for around 8 hours, 5 days a week, the school should be somewhat concerned about their student’s well being even if it’s just on social media. Cyber bullying is also a big factor in today’s world, and it does affect a student’s schoolwork. According to cyberbllyinghotline.com, 3 million students are absent from school per month due to bullying and 1 in 10 students that are cyber bullied attempt suicide and many more think about it. That sounds like a problem for schools if you ask me. If the student isn’t there, they are not allowed to do their homework and precipitate in class, which affects grades and school work. If schools punish these bullies, they would learn the importance of what they put on social media.
    The punishment for some of these comments should be set a specific way. If a student does feel endangered or threatened then measures should be taken to the fullest, but if a student is not in any danger and is just feeling emotionally hurt then there should be steps taken to secure the safety of these students. These punishments should start with talking to these students and acknowledge the situation and make sure it doesn’t happen again, if it does happen again take more extreme measures such as talking to parents, in school suspension, or out of school suspension, and if these behaviors do continue take the biggest punishment possible by the school such as suspension or expulsion

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    • Mia from Massachusetts

      Cyber bullying is a large factor in society and I agree with you. Punishment should be set to fit the crime and now that bullying is a rime cyber bullying should be highly monitored. The school should also be involved to protect their students. The students are in school five days a week and if a school really cares then they should monitor social media.

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  • Laura from Texas

    This should apply to students who do not know how to handle themselves on social media. These students who take advantage of their freedom of speech and instead use it as a way to pressure their piers and cause social discomfort and tension, are the ones who should be punished for foul language on social media. Many students argue that social media should be our private life, and that schools already deny self-expression and privacy during school hours. However, in reality schools should be able to teach students that misuse of speech and self expression on social media creates consequences, especially relating to the student’s college and career life.

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  • Jamie from New York

    Ah, social media, one of the greatest and worst things to every come to our nation. Allowing people from across the globe to communicate in an instant and for people to become victims of cyberbullying. Most people who clicked no are probably thinking are, “the Bill of Rights gives of freedom of expression and speech.” Yes, but high schooler can take this to a new level by using the internet for evil. However, there are laws against bullying, hate crimes, and negative peer pressure. People who make jokes at a person’s expense is not only illegal but immoral. The majority of high schools have a strict rule against bullying which can be found in the school’s rules of conduct. I can vouch for that with my school. What I don’t understand is why is this a question? Of course, schools should be able to enforce the same rules that go for when students are on school grounds and off school grounds. The life of an individual could be at stake; that is not what the Founders of this nation would want.

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  • Vanesa from Texas

    Schools should have the right to punish students for their cruel comments to other students on social media. There has to be a limit on the freedom of speech that students enjoy on social media sites because many students are emotionally affected and may not have the motivation to go to school in order to continue their education. Some may feel that there is an issue with a student’s privacy, but if there should be found a reason to view the comments that a student makes on social media, the student should be held responsible. Recently, a student searched the internet to find out how to make a bomb. The school was notified and the student had to face the consequences. The reason that this school took action was because the students at the school might have been physically in danger. Similarly, students who are involved in cyber-bullying attack others in an emotional sense.

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  • Rhiannon from North Carolina

    There are many more implications to weather students should have the right to free speech than just cyber bulling. Making threats or verbally making claims of posing a threat is a serious infraction. If a student is making threatening remarks through social media about the school they attend, then those threats should be taken seriously and addressed appropriately. Not punishing those who make these threats allows a sense of justification of their actions to take place, and a serious issue remains unresolved. While the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, a doctrine enforced by the United States Constitution refers to the time, place, and manner restrictions regarding free speech. The goal of this doctrine is to help legislate speech, but to also protect the right to freedom of speech. While the Supreme Court ruled full protection over First Amendment rights regarding the internet, it also granted Congress the authority to make public schools install content-control software. In this regard it can also be said that any breach or misuse of this software by a student is punishable by the district, and any First Amendment concerns can be found in the “Children’s Internet Protection Act.” Even under the imminent lawless action test, if a person makes a remark that incites a violation of the law that is both imminent and likely is not protected under the First Amendment, nor are words or phrases that are deemed harmful or may hold the potential to cause breach of peace.

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  • Jillia from North Carolina

    Recently at my High School, there was an incident that happened on social media that potentially threatened the life of my fellow classmates. A student had posted a threat on social media, saying that he would shoot up the school. This threat is serious, especially with all the school shootings that have happened within the last few years. I feel that it is important that the school be able to punish students that post things like that on social media. However I feel that there should be a limitation for what the school can punish you for. For example if there is bullying happening between high school students, if there is a threat made on a school, or if there is any situation in which posts on social media pose a threat to students.

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  • Sara from Kansas

    Students need to learn responsibility. The 1st amendment does talk about freedom of speech, however, when that speech threatens the school or other students then they need to be punished. There are grey areas and cases where they can say what they want. In the case of a bomb threat or shootings, they must be punished. Freedom of speech does not mean saying literally whatever you want, there have to be limits.

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  • Christopher from Colorado

    Freedom of Speech must remain a fundamentally respected law, but punishment should be permitted in a case where such a right is used to adversely affect another student or official at the school, such behavior cannot be tolerated. If threats, or defaming material, are exposed online, the school should be able to step in to show that the school stands for peaceful or respectful speech.

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  • angela from Texas

    i agree we the people should make the boundary’s visable for the generation today and that’s coming from me a 14 year old female

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  • Madiah from Montana

    America’s foundation has stood the same for hundreds of years. One part of this foundation is the first amendment. These are a few words written in this, the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, and the freedom of PRESS. The freedom of press allows you to circulate your opinion without the censorship of the government. I believe this should carry over to schools, since U.S. schools are government owned. You are also responsible for what you publish online. This still does not give authority to anyone, because of the protection of the First Amendment. I believe bullying is still very dangerous and school employees should have every right to stop it on school campus or during school operating hours. Cyber bullying is a more difficult area to follow up on and accuse someone of. The same rules should apply to Cyber bullying as normal face to face bullying.

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  • Ariana from Kentucky

    We are given the right to free speech in the First Amendment, however, there should be some actions taken to protect those being harassed, bullied, or slandered, as well as to stop those posting such comments. There have been quite a few cases in which people have actually committed suicide over comments that have told them to kill themselves. Fairly close tabs should be kept on these cruel social media posts in order to keep citizens as safe as possible. Public schools should only have a right to check students’ social media if it’s known that there is bullying or harassment, as much other surveillance would violate First Amendment rights.

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  • Julia from Kentucky

    While it would be great if people could speak online as they would in real life, sadly it just does not happen. When people get online they no longer think they are in any threat of punishment for saying things they normally would not have said in person. There needs to be some restrictions because this is why so many kids have bullying issues or self esteem issues. When people do not have to face the consequences of what they say, they think they become invincible almost. There has already been many cases, an example the Ryan Halligan Case, where his supposed friend bullied him to the point to take his own life. As schools are one major form of discipline in children’s lives, it needs to step up and have some regulations to keep people in line. You can’t say things to hurt others and not expect to be pardoned, something must be done.

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    While attending a place of education, it is almost like a job. You represent that “company,” along with all the actions you do or what you say outside of it. Sure, the Constitution gives everyone the right to free speech in the First Amendment, but when put in a position where it is appropriate to be censored, it is best to do so. Being under your best behavior does not just apply while in the school building. If you use bad language, it puts a bad representation on not just you as a student, but the school itself. So in my opinion, schools do have the right to punish student speech on social media if it’s effects are negative.

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  • Jake from Kentucky

    It really depends on what is going on. Student’s can and should be able to say whatever they want. But if you go and post something, meaning to hurt someone then that when the schools should step in.

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    • yasmine from Georgia

      I agree with your answer jake

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  • Dustin from Indiana

    While the first amendment protects free speech, it does not protect you from the reactions of your free speech. If you make a terrorist type threat on social media, the school should be able to punish you accordingly.

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  • Sarah from California

    Although we are granted the freedom of speech, it is limited in schools especially when it can cause imminent danger. Social Media has harmful affects on those who are bullied

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  • Hunter from Virginia

    Even though we all are protected under the 1st amendment and we all have freedom of speech, there are some times when schools should step in and address an issue that is happening on social media outlets. What people don’t think about is why schools are have to get involved in things that are posted on social media outside of school. The biggest reason why schools get involved is because the minor things that are posted on social media outlets can escalate in schools. The schools are here to protect themselves, the students, and even the person who posted something inappropriate online. At the time many may think that the school is being harsh on them, but in reality they are trying to teach a lesson to us young students which, in the long run, helps prepare us for adulthood.

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  • Amber from Virginia

    Most kids today are on social media starting drama, picking fights, or verbally bullying someone. With social media, people from all ages can give put their voice out there for everything to hear, however sometimes it’s not positive especially when they’re in a school setting. I have witnessed some students pick fights and bully each other over social media such as twitter,instagram,snap chat,etc. Some of the messages that these students posted had a negative effect to that person and led them to break down crying. Another negative comment from a student’s post also threatened the school.With these problems coming from student’s on social media, I believe that students should be punished by the school.

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  • Mateo from New York

    Thousands of teens are subjected to bullying every single day. So much of that bullying is on social media. Students follow each other on social media and when they see bullying, many choose to simply ignore it. Slut, whore, gay, worthless, kill yourself, faggot, curse words and racist terms are used every day by ignorant students on social media, to belittle others. And many students have sadly commited suicide because of the constant abuse they’ve endured online. We need to hack harassment and stop excusing the epidemic of bullying behavior and defending it with the constitution.

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  • Destiny from New York

    It is our first amendment right to have the freedom of speech however it causes danger to others than it should be regulated

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  • Alec from California

    While in the past, posters and verbal comments were the means of students expressing threats or comments aiming to hurt a person or group, the Internet has become the medium for that to occur. If a derogatory poster was hung on campus, the school would surely actively investigate the matter. While the 1st Amendment right does guarantee free speech, ‘school’ does not only occur on a campus, and enforcing school rules does not either. For example, if a racist comment was posted by a student that directly targeted another student or group at school, the institution has the right to read, process, and ultimately punish those comments for the victim’s safety. In the end, students are not entirely protected under the Bill of Rights until they have graduated from school, for both the perpetrator’s and the victim’s safety.

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  • latisha from Pennsylvania

    Yes but only if it was posted during the hours that they were in school .

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      well there are school devices that some students are allowed to take home. So should there be a punishment for that?

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  • Brian from Minnesota

    It is true that people have the freedom of speech, and religion, and other things like that, but some of those must be forfeited to the school because otherwise there would be students using offensive slurs to attack one and other, so schools should be able to punish people, because what they say can disrupt the entire purpose of school, which is to learn, not be harassed on your personal creeds, and beliefs.

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  • Kaela from Ohio

    I feel as if this could go both ways because if someone posts something on social media about shooting up the school or how someone is going to fight, then the school can step in and resolve the problem.Even though the First Amendment is freedom of speech, if it involves any type of harm that includes the school and invades student safety, then the school should step in and punish the student. But I also think schools shouldn’t intervene if it is not on campus. For example, online bullying. If it is said outside of school, then it should be up to the parents and the student. Online bullying can be prevented. One way is to just ignore it, but we all know sometimes ignoring it is not always the best. Another way to prevent is it, is to block the person or just don’t get on social media. Easier said than done I get it, but we don’t need social media.

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  • Kaylyn from South Carolina

    Yes, I feel as though High Schools should be able to punish students because of there social media. They should be punish because they are a representative of their school. If something is posted on social media that gives the school negative attention students should be punished.

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  • Andrew from New York

    Though the Constitution protects our freedom of speech, we still have to be held responsible for our actions. Though people should be held accountable for legitimate harassment, we need to understand when someone is making jokes or ironic statements.

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  • Heledy from New York

    I think they should be able to punish people for bullying on social media but not for anything else because sometimes people kill themselves for being bullied on social media and if the principals in a high school punish them then maybe they can save peoples lives

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  • Abby from Ohio

    High Schools should be allowed to punish students for what they post on their social media accounts. While the argument could be made that it is your constitutional right to have freedom of speech, it is also true that you must abide by the rules of your high school. If rules are put in place that you cannot say derogatory or cyber bullying things on Social Media and you break the rules, there should be a punishment. If you bullied someone in school, you would get in trouble and it wouldn’t be called “freedom of speech”. Bullying someone or saying bad things online is the same, except on a much larger platform. Representing your school in a poor way by what you say should be punishable.

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  • Lauren from Ohio

    Anything you put on the internet is your action. If something is put out there by you, you are responsible for it.

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    • Alex from Ohio

      Yes you are responsible for what you put on social media. But Schools should not be able to punish you for expressing your personal opinion and restrict you from being the person that you want to be.

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  • Shade from West Virginia

    The freedom of speech is an endowment from our government that citizens value greatly, and when situations arise that encroach upon this right, controversy is sure to ensue. At this point, it becomes necessary to defer to the constitution in order discern the legality of the aforesaid situation. In this particular situation, we are presented the following question: should high schools be allowed to punish students for their speech online? This clearly abridges the students rights to free speech, but with good intent. Cyber bullying has become prominent in today’s society. With every tweet, Instagram post, or Facebook comment it seems there is always an “internet troll” prepared to disparage another user. The emotional assaults that follow cyber bullying often cause depression, and in the most tragic situations, suicide. It seems as though restricting student’s speech online would be a reasonable technique in combating cyber bullying. But what exactly constitutes cyber bullying? Who’s responsibility is it to decide if a comment or post is severe enough to warrant punishment in school? How severe should a student’s punishment be for cyber bullying? There are all questions without clear answers. Additionally, the internet can shroud individuals in a veil of wires, allowing them to spew hatred while remaining anonymous. What should school systems do when a cyber bully cannot be identified? The focus of this issue been pressed on the attacker, while the victim is underplayed. In the instance that a cyber attacker can be clearly identified, and the intent of their speech was clearly malicious or malcontent, the school system should reserve the right to punish that individual; however, their focus should be more on the victimized individual. Schools should provide private counselling to victims to help them overcome any emotional trauma.

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  • John from Ohio

    High school students are given the opportunity to study the world around them, and effectively craft their own opinion regarding the subject. Good teachers are able to ask, qualify, and respect a student’s opinions but may also challenge them based upon concerns of factual legitimacy. It is simply the job of an educator to do so. The only reason why it may seem as if students do not have freedom of speech is because they may be attempting to express it disrespectfully or incorrectly. Even so, we are not living in George Orwell’s “1984.” Students may still form and express opinions as long are they are not violent, illegal, or otherwise disrespectful so the founding documents of our society.

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  • Jaylen from Illinois

    High schools should punish student speech on social media if the text is highly inappropriate. If the dialogue is racist, sexist, or is abusive towards others or themselves, the dialogue should not be posted. Students need to be aware of the consequences of posting inappropriate speech on social media. Future employers, significant others, or anything that may change their lives for the good may be taken away from them based on one bad speech on social media. Schools are helping students not make big mistakes by filtering foul speech on social media. However, topics like political views and religion should not be mooted in controversy because that is the student’s own views.

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  • Ray from Kentucky

    While free speech is protected by the first amendment, in schools it should be moderated in some form over the internet. If bullying online is permitted, there is a much higher risk of suicide for victims of said bullying. It’s clear that a compromise of some form must be made to ensure that schools have the ability to regulate online interactions, perhaps only if they are reported as bullying to the school, in order to ensure a positive learning environment. Allowing bullying can hurt both the victim and the bully due to the legal consequences of suicide, and schools need the tools to prevent that.

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  • Zane from Kentucky

    Each student has the inherent right of free speech, guaranteed to us by the Bill of Rights. The 1st amendment allows each citizen the freedom of speech and this right acts as the core to what our nation was founded on. However, this right does not protect citizens in cases of hate speech, or speech that incites others to conflict or anger. Going on, when a student is attending a school, the administration should retain the ability to monitor their social media activity. In a work environment, your superiors are able to fire/hire people depending on whether or not you have posted anything offensive or hateful on social media. Similar to this, while a student is attending a high school, their attitudes and opinions can reflect upon the school. Therefore, a school must be able to monitor and act when its students post anything offensive or harmful to others, as to both protect its fellow students from this harmful content and to protect its image. When students posts content that is harmful to others, especially fellow students, the school must act responsible for the lives of these people as to shield them from any form of bullying. From these facts, the school system must be able to act upon cases of cyberbullying in order to protect its students and those around from this toxic content.

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  • Cassidy from Kentucky

    Free speech is very important, but if people are putting others in danger then it should be brought to someone’s attention. Speech that is not violent is okay but some speech should not be tolerated by schools. If someone is humiliating or saying they will hurt someone else then it should be handled. Even thought the 1st amendment guarantees the freedom of speech, there should be some boundaries. Hate speech towards other students should not be tolerated.

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  • Mandy from New York

    The term “free speech” in the first amendment does not include hateful and damaging words. Humans have autonomy, we have the right to make our own decisions but these actions have consequences. Free speech does not allow a person to scream “Fire” in a crowded movie theater, a teacher to curse at his students, or a racist to yell racial slurs in front of a synagogue. It certainly does apply to malicios words expressed by teens on social media. According to npr.com, Suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens and is largely prompted by bullying. For depressed teens, the offfensive words expressed to them by their peers can be completely debilitating. Words like “Go kill yourself,” “You’re worthless,” and “Go die” can be triggering for someone who has already considered suicide. Social media gives people a platform to say hateful things they probably would never say in real life situations with no consequence. But what makes it so untouchable that there are no ramifications for words said here if the effect on the victim is the same? In fact, words said on social media can be more damaging because of the permanence of the internet. While it may be true that interpretations of what bullying entails vary, victimized teens need to be able to seek help from educators in all cases where they feel attacked by their peers. Schools can make rules to ensure that students are not punished unrightfully and the evidence would be reviewed in detail before any authoritative action is made. Ultimately, it is imperative that schools handle all forms of bullying that occur among students on all platforms because social media cannot protect students who would recieve consequences for harmful words siad in alternative situations.

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  • Prado Jix from California

    Students should be able to learn how to be responsible and careful with the things they say in social media. It is true that they have the right to express their opinions regarding issues under the First Amendment, but it is not a good excuse to say or express the things that they want especially when they are promoting negativity such as bullying. Without any restrictions then how are we going to stop people particularly students from creating such negativity? Students need to be educated about responsibility as they express their opinions or feelings in social media, because this way they will be more aware of their actions and will think twice before they post something .

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  • Faith from Tennessee

    There are several reasons why schools should be able to punish students’ speech on social media. The law of the United States grants everyone the freedom of speech; however, it does not grant anyone freedom from the consequences of what they say. Allowing someone to get away with making cruel comments just because they are online without being reprimanded would be telling them that it is okay to make whatever spiteful comments they desired, as long as they do not make them in real life. Because they can not see the person’s reaction since they are not saying it to their face, many cyberbullies do not realize that words online can hurt just as much as when they are said in real life. They tend to say things online that they would not dare to say in real life because of the sense of anonymity the Internet provides. Each year, a distressing number of people around the world contemplates suicide because they were relentlessly cyberbullied, and several actually go through with kill themselves. If students were punished for the malevolent comments they made online, it would discourage them from continuing to bully others, it would emphasize how serious of a responsibility it is to not abuse one’s right, and the suicide rates would dramatically decrease.

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    • Yuni from Massachusetts

      Cyberbullying affects people’s lives significantly in a very bad way. Cyberbullying has no difference with just bullying that happens in the school. It truly make other’s feelings hurt and has a bad impact on their lives. There are many people who are suiciding because of cyberbullying in the social media. Comments or posts about the person who people don’t like, which they write without any thinking , will affect many people in a very bad way and it can be considered as a criminal act.

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    • Seun from Massachusetts

      while I do agree that a person should be punished, I don’t think it should be by the school just because it is not in their jurisdiction. the school only be able to punish broke school rules, nothing more.

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      while I do agree that a person should be punished, I don’t think it should be by the school just because it is not in their jurisdiction. the school o…

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    • Tara from Massachusetts

      Cyberbullying is indeed a major issue in this society. The cyberbullying can cause many issues with a person such as stress, social anxiety and depression. Schools should be able to punish children that write mean and offensive posts if they are about the school itself (making the school look bad), if the post is relating to any event that happened within the school with the students involved in the post, and if this cyberbullying is developed from or if it is causing more bullying at school on the school property. Other than those general reasons or other specific situations, the first amendment protects the poster from punishment since the school may have no need to be involved in the situation. If the cyberbullying is causing issues within the school or for the school community itself, then yes, the school should be able to punish the person who is writing offensive posts. Otherwise, since there is protection from the first amendment, the school should stay out of it and the child should work out the issue with a parent and find a way to block or report the post.

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    • Erikah from District Of Columbia

      I completely agree with you. Schools should stop cyberbullying. However I think that the way that schools crack down on Cyberbullying should be strategic and fair. If the offense is by one of their student, and to one of their student, they should definitely punish them. It shows that the school cares for their students and does not tolerate hate. Sometimes t becomes invasive. They hear about what people are saying online and pressure their peers to tell or show them. It’s bullying in a form of it’s own, even though it is out of love.

      Outside of bullying, they shouldn’t be penalized though. If they child wants to curse or post explicit things, let them be. You cannot change them as a person because you don’t like it. Leave it to the parent. It is not the schools job or place to tell a student how to run their social life. If it is not hurting other students, let it be. There is no crime for being ignorant and ratchet… Even though some of us wish that there was, lol.

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      I completely agree with you. Schools should stop cyberbullying. However I think that the way that schools crack down on Cyberbullying should be strate…

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    • Rachel from Massachusetts

      I agree that cyber-bullying is wrong, but because the issue is outside of school it is not the school’s responsibility. You can get help from a parent in a situation like this. Some people may be able to just walk away from the situation as a whole. The person that called you a mean name or harassed you is behind a screen for a reason. They most likely have insecurities and are trying to make you feel bad about yourself. If you converse with your parents and do not antagonize the bully, it should stop. It is when kids keep going back and forth, the problem escalates. If you block the person on social media then they can no longer contact you and bully you. There are mean people everywhere, but it takes a strong person to walk away and not engage.

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    • Calvin from New York

      Yes words that are said online hurt just as much as “real life”, but there is a difference between being on the internet and out side of it . That difference being when you are being bullied online you can shut off what ever for of communication the bully is using, you can block them or you can just shut off the device and do something else. When you are not online and being bullied it is not as easy to walk away.

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      Yes words that are said online hurt just as much as “real life”, but there is a difference between being on the internet and out side of it . That dif…

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    • wilson from Alaska

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    • Pravallika from Michigan

      Exactly! Freedom of speech, as you said, is protection if you speak against the government. It does not mean that other people can’t object to your speech. As a student, you represent your school, whether by wearing a team jacket or by being on social media. Posting hurtful things about others gives a bad reputation to your school and it will cause irreparable damage to the victim. On social media, people can hide behind anonymous screen names and upvote other hurtful comments.

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      Exactly! Freedom of speech, as you said, is protection if you speak against the government. It does not mean that other people can’t object to your sp…

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    • Nash from Alabama

      suicide rates are not gonna be any different. people who are that close to killing themselves and are that emotionally fragile are just gonna get triggered by something else. suicide is something that doesn’t occur because of a 1 time event for most of the cases. it’s an accumulative build up over time. and things that cause suicidal thoughts and actions don’t usually come from just one place, usually they come from a variety of places. I do agree, however, with the part about kids sometimes making rash decisions and not realizing what they’ve actually said in that moment, and that many people use social media as a cowards way out in some instances.

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      suicide rates are not gonna be any different. people who are that close to killing themselves and are that emotionally fragile are just gonna get trig…

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    • Breyanna from Pennsylvania

      I agree!

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    • Alejandro from Pennsylvania

      I agree with this 100%. no person should ever go through this. the people that are bully should get punishment.

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    • daylin from Virginia

      yes becues someone could tell a kid to kill there self and they could

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    • Davon from Pennsylvania

      I understand what you mean by saying that the things that are said online are not acceptable. However, the First Amendment gives sole right to free speech. Therefore, whatever anyone decides to say, that person has the right to do so. I do not agree with cruel and harsh comments about others; however we as a country have the right to free speech and should not be stripped from our right.

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    • makayla from Georgia

      they should get punish if the student come to. the school about he or she getting . bully bye that student but if they dont come to the school about then let the parent dell with it .because if the student told there parent then they should let the parent handl it

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