Slander and Libel: The Legal Affects on Students and Teachers
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Student’s Facebook Tirade Against Teacher Is Protected Speech

Student’s Facebook Tirade Against Teacher Is Protected Speech | Slander and Libel: The Legal Affects on Students and Teachers | Scoop.it
The score is 2-1 in favor of the First Amendment when it comes to three federal rulings this month on the limits of students' online, off-ca...
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Becky Sullivan's comment, February 15, 2012 9:23 PM
This article shows differing judgements regarding whether or not a student's false accusations on a social media site should be considered protected under the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has yet to rule on a case related to this subject, however in one instance the circuit court found the student's accusations against a principal to be protected and another court found in another case that they statements would not be protected. If a student is just noting that they think their teacher is a bad teacher that is their right. However I feel that if a student actually creates a fake social media account and insinuates on that account that the person, in this case the principal, is a pedophile, or an alcoholic, then they should be faced with defamation of character because they are slandering the person's name. Accusations such as this could ruin a person's career and the student's should be held liable. It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court rules when faced with a case such as those in the article.
Vikki Howard's comment, February 24, 2012 2:35 AM
yes, so far the supreme court has been hands off on similar cases--to date, the courts have favored freedom of speech over defamation, but you have the points of law correct here...
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Letter: Alliance Supports Better Education of LGBT Issues in 3V Schools

Letter: Alliance Supports Better Education of LGBT Issues in 3V Schools | Slander and Libel: The Legal Affects on Students and Teachers | Scoop.it
"Everyone deserves to be included," writes Cassie Madison, president of Ward Melville's Gay & Straight Alliance.
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Becky Sullivan's comment, February 15, 2012 9:32 PM
LGBT is becoming more acceptable in our society and with it more kids are openly LGBT. Schools need to teach the subject and teach tolerance. Schools can be held liable if they turn the other way when an LGBT student is being bullied. In a landmark case in 1996, Nabozny V. Podlesny, a federal appellate found that schools have a constitutional obligation to protect LGBT students from being bullied and abused, and that schools had an obligation to protect these students.
Vikki Howard's comment, February 24, 2012 2:36 AM
in issues of bullying, how does slander/libel come into play? If a claim is true--is this defamation? I agree that very often bullying can be slanderous--is it in this case?
Vikki Howard's comment, February 24, 2012 2:37 AM
The Nabozny case is very important and I am glad you cited this--informs us that we have a legal obligation to respond to bullying, and that a failure to do so can land us in court
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The Latest Cell Phone Use: Sexting

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Becky Sullivan's comment, February 15, 2012 9:53 PM
Teens have always engaged in borderline sexual behavior, however with the advances in technology they have at their fingertips the ability to send inappropriate pictures to each other via their cell phones. Since they can just click and send they no longer are giving themselves the time to realize what a bad idea there decision is. As the article says, when a relationship goes sour, if the boy or girl have pictures on their cell phone that were sent just to them for personal use, they now have ammunition that can destroy the other person. What students don't realize is that if they send that picture out to all their friends they are opening themselves up to a defamation charge, or even worse. In Illinois sending nude pictures around of underage people can result in child pornography charges and the offender having to register as a sex offender. Kids need to understand the legal ramifications of their actions.
Vikki Howard's comment, February 24, 2012 2:40 AM
This too is a very important issue--and sexting can rise to the level of defamation--remember, truth is protection against defamation--even if the truth is damaging. However, the charges of child pornography are potentially more serious for the offender than defamation--serious criminal offense--all requires us to do our best to educate students about moral behavior in treated each other with dignity--as as well as the risks of interpersonal abuse
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Bay City Central students teaching students, parents about cyber bullying - MLive.com

Bay City Central students teaching students, parents about cyber bullying - MLive.com | Slander and Libel: The Legal Affects on Students and Teachers | Scoop.it
MLive.comBay City Central students teaching students, parents about cyber bullyingMLive.comThey will talk with parents about cyber bullying on Feb 15.
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Becky Sullivan's comment, February 15, 2012 9:59 PM
Cyberbullying has become a rampant problem with the internet so available to kids of all ages. Rumors can be started and spread faster than a person could even utter them before. Reports have been made and stories turned into books and movies about kids that have been cyber bullied and the consequences that have resulted even so much as suicide for the victim. The fact that these students realized the consequences to these attacks and have banded together to stop them and raise awareness is a sign that student's are finally taking matters into their own hands. The courts have yet to substantially rule on cases regarding online harassment and bullying so there is a very gray area involved. I applaud the students for taking it upon themselves to do something about it.
Vikki Howard's comment, February 24, 2012 2:42 AM
I join you in applauding these students--Europe has taken a much more aggressive approach to prevention of bullying, including cyberbullying--in the US, we have begun to address the issue, but the behavior is deep rooted --and education must begin early with children and adults joining together with the purpose of creating a more civil society
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East Forsyth teacher, coach suspended after recorded threats, cursing

East Forsyth teacher, coach suspended after recorded threats, cursing | Slander and Libel: The Legal Affects on Students and Teachers | Scoop.it
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A teacher and coach at East Forsyth High School has been suspended five days without pay after a profanity-filled conversation recorded by a student was made public.

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Becky Sullivan's comment, February 15, 2012 10:38 PM
This article shows what can happen to a teacher when they threaten a student with a libel suit that is unwarranted. This particular teacher was trying to use the threat of a suit, riddled with inappropriate language to scare a student into not talking about texts to another student that bothered him. This teacher did not have the right to sue the student or his family because the student did not say anything that was slanderous to or about the teacher, he only asked a question regarding behavior the teacher had displayed.
Vikki Howard's comment, February 24, 2012 2:44 AM
oops, I recommend looking up the term cyberbaiting...teachers really need to be aware of the risks to themselves in reacting to these serious issues--
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Jury: Parent Carolyn Torrey defamed Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary principal Don Raymond

Jury: Parent Carolyn Torrey defamed Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary principal Don Raymond | Slander and Libel: The Legal Affects on Students and Teachers | Scoop.it
A jury has ruled that a parent who filed numerous unsuccessful complaints and lawsuits against the School District defamed the character of Dr. N.H. Jones principal Don Raymond in 2008.
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Becky Sullivan's comment, February 15, 2012 10:44 PM
While parents should have the right to advocate for their children, this mother obviously abused that right. Teachers and administrator's should not be bullied while at work and for a parent to do so in the name of educating her child is wrong. There was a case here in Great Falls where a parent actually brought charges against the school district based on accusations of abuse in the Special Education room at her son's school. In this case the school was also found to have not done anything illegal. I agree that it is a waste of taxpayers dollars for school districts to have to fight cases like this, but when there is no evidence of the alleged behavior then the school district must protect it's name. I am interested to find out what the appeal's court decides on this case.
Vikki Howard's comment, February 24, 2012 2:45 AM
yes...and paid for it...usually, schools do not resort to suing parents, but this case shows that sometimes the courts take seriously verbal behavior that harms individuals and institutions.
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Colo. senate committee votes to repeal criminal libel law | Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Colo. senate committee votes to repeal criminal libel law | Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press | Slander and Libel: The Legal Affects on Students and Teachers | Scoop.it
Colo.senate committee votes to repeal criminal libel law http://t.co/Bq8jLBEL...
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Becky Sullivan's comment, February 15, 2012 10:47 PM
Many states have old laws on the books that are no longer used. In this case the only effect that repealing the law will have is to not allow criminal cases, which it seems are already not really happening. Teachers and students will still have the ability to sue in civil court for cases of slander and libel.
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Schools consider policies for teachers and students on Facebook and Twitter - Schools - MiamiHerald.com

As Facebook and Twitter become cultural mainstays, Miami-Dade and Broward school districts are discussing the need to establish social media policies.
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Becky Sullivan's comment, February 15, 2012 10:50 PM
I think that it is very important for schools to have social media policies. At this time there is no clear legal policy on bullying or harassment via social network, yet teacher and students are engaging each other on these websites. By having policy within the school district, the schools then have the ability to punish teachers for their actions on social media sites if they are posting in relation to their students or engaging in conversations with their students.
Vikki Howard's comment, February 24, 2012 2:49 AM
Right--teachers have frequently been punished for misusing social media (even when they thought the posting were private); students much less so--but clearly mean spirited behavior supported by a disassocation with the victim must be addressed in some productive way -- we should consider approaches that are not retributional, but remedial and preventative