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Students cyberbully principals; Court throws out cases | ZDNet

Students cyberbully principals; Court throws out cases | ZDNet | Legal Issues of Slander and Libel that affect teachers and students. | Scoop.it
The U.S.Supreme Court decided that students creating fake online profiles and labeling their principles as ‘pedophiles’ and ‘drug o...

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Rachel Christiaens's comment, February 11, 2012 9:22 PM
Two cases were alluded to in this article (one of which was Blue Mountain School District vs. Snyder). In these cases, students were suspended for using social networking sites to post incorrect and offending information about their principals. The Supreme Court found that the schools were wrong to suspend the students because the free speech did not disrupt the school environment. But I believe the teachers could sue the students for libel. Teachers need to be aware that students may post demeaning information about them on the web. Teachers need to know the legal rights with which they can protect their reputation.
Vikki Howard's comment, February 18, 2012 1:58 PM
I agree with you--the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of free speech for such harmful language and concluded (conservatively I believe) that these comments do not affect the school environment or reputation of principals will make if very hard to turn the corner on this issue--which will most certainly get more ugly
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Teen Bullying Prevention - A Cyber Bullying Suicide Story-6


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Rachel Christiaens's comment, February 11, 2012 9:49 PM
Teachers need to teach respect and acceptance of others. They also need to teach students about bullying. This video can be used by teachers to inform students about the consequences of cyberbullying. The father of Ryan Halligan now travels to schools to tell students about Ryan's story. In another case where a student committed suicide, the parents are now suing the school district (Hancock et al v. North Sanpete School District et al).
Vikki Howard's comment, February 18, 2012 2:02 PM
so is this case a warning to schools which may be liable for failure to protect this student from libelous cyberbullying?
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Time To Shut Down Teacher Bullying Websites

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I commend head teacher Andre Sohatski for not only standing up for himself and his reputation, but also for representing the downtrodden teachers and students victimised by scandalous bullying webs...

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Vikki Howard's comment, February 18, 2012 1:58 PM
Love it...I agree--I had a conversation with an administrator the other day who said social media have become the scourge of childhood--how to get a handle on this...you may be right--courage
Ashli Watts's comment, September 1, 2012 2:23 PM
This teacher is an example of how all of us, as educators should be. This teacher was attempting to shut down a website that was posting crude comments towards his students. We need to be well educated on our rights and the students rights when it comes to slander. Cyber-bullying is a new epidemic and it needs to be addressed. This teacher did his part, he stood up and was the students' voices when they needed it the most. More teachers should follow in his footsteps. Students and teachers need to be held accountable for what they say even if it's online. For example a case involving a student at The University of North Dakota who was sued for posting a claim to an online site saying she exchanged several sexual e-mails with a physics professor. The professor won because the statement she made was especially 'damning' toward him.
Vikki Howard's comment, September 2, 2012 1:38 PM
I really appreciate your understanding of social media violence as an epidemic that threatens the civil fabric of our institutions. The courts (the ND case notwithstanding) have been reluctant to punish libel, even when teachers and students have been harmed professionally, emotionally, even mortally. Perhaps the courage of educators like this teacher will wake us up to our culpability and responsibility.
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Children aged five 'depressed'

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Children as young a five are being referred for treatment for depression and anxiety, a BBC investigation discovers.

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Gays, Straights, And Slander |News | Towleroad

Gays, Straights, And Slander |News | Towleroad | Legal Issues of Slander and Libel that affect teachers and students. | Scoop.it
Gays, Straights, And Slander -- News |-- Law - Gay, LGBT, New York (RT @tlrd: Gays, Straights, And Slander http://t.co/f6fNIHKd...)...
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Former Teacher Charging Abuse Lost Libel Suit

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In a federal lawsuit filed early this month, former Henrico County special education teacher Kandise Lucas accuses school officials of targeting her for attempting to blow the whistle on alleged abuse of special-needs pupils.

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Vikki Howard's comment, February 18, 2012 1:58 PM
excellent, important story Rachel and application of Henrico case
Ashli Watts's comment, September 1, 2012 2:39 PM
This case involves a special education teacher at a middle school who was accused of abusing his students by another teacher. The accuser wrote an article to the local newspaper stating his abuse towards the students. When the article was published the accused teacher denied the claims made against him and sued for making defamatory statements. The former Special Education teacher won the trial. The teacher making the claim later sued because she felt that she was being punished for trying to report and stop the abuse toward the students. This case has some similarities to the case of Jackson v. Birminham Board of Education. Jackson reported that his girls basketball team was being discriminated against. Teachers need to be aware of the procedures one must take to report such things to protect themselves and in order to do the right things.
Vikki Howard's comment, September 2, 2012 1:49 PM
This is a very interesting case Ashli--brings up many legal principles we have been discussing. Why did the Sp Ed win the defamation case? Was there found to be a lack of evidence? Evidence that the claims were not true? And then, the person who reported was retaliated against--was that because she had defamed the teacher illegally? or because she was unable to substantiate the claims?
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A Shrewdness of Apes: Student sues counselor over college recommendation letter

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Rachel Christiaens's comment, February 11, 2012 11:33 PM
Although this case involves a school counselor, it is definitely relevant to teachers as well. Teachers need to know their rights when it comes to writing letters of recommendation. The principle of qualified priviege protects teachers who give poor recommendations if the recommendation was not made maliciously. But that protection does not guarantee you will not get into a lawsuit over a poor letter of recommendation. The courts have consistently ruled that teachers have the right to say the truth in letter of recommendation (Hett v. Ploetz).
Vikki Howard's comment, February 18, 2012 1:58 PM
Fantastic find Rachel--this issue is certainly relevant to teachers--administrators are extremely gunshy with respect to recommendations--even though the law tends to support the truth
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Teen Victims Of Cyberbullying Fight Back In lawsuits

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ATLANTA — When a Georgia middle school student reported to police and school officials that she had been bullied on Facebook, they told her there was not much they could do because the harassment occurred off campus.

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Boy Hangs Himself After Bullies Tease Him About Dead Father

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Joel Morales, a 12-year-old student in East Harlem, New York City, hanged himself after bullies at school taunted him for his size, intelligence and the death of his father, the New York Daily News reports.

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