Slander and Libel: legal issues that affect students and teachers
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How Do You Prove Libel and Slander?

Libel and slander are both types of defamation -- falsely conveying a very negative impression of another person or business. For example, if Lindsay says Jo...
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Michael Sermon's comment, June 6, 2012 10:49 PM
Thought I would add a little insight into what we could be looking at, when dealing with Slander and Libel.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 17, 2012 5:05 PM
I would like to know what insights you gained from this article?
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VIDEO: teen recounts pro-gay teacher fuming at him for Catholic stance | LifeSiteNews.com

VIDEO: teen recounts pro-gay teacher fuming at him for Catholic stance | LifeSiteNews.com | Slander and Libel: legal issues that affect students and teachers | Scoop.it
"He asked me if I was really against the homosexual lifestyle and I told him that the homosexual lifestyle was against my Catholic...
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Michael Sermon's comment, June 7, 2012 1:01 AM
Live and let live. This teacher seams to be very admit about his personal beliefs, which is fine so long as it doesn't effect the classroom, which this is clearly the case here. The students can speak freely in the classroom to whatever their beliefs may be, and the teacher is not there to judge the student, but to get the student to question all aspects of life, whether right or wrong is up to the person in themselves to decide.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 17, 2012 5:12 PM
Your point about ethical behavior in the classroom is well advised. There are also legal principles--I really wanted you to analyze these articles based upon the legal principles discussed in our text rather than your own opinion--as far as the law is concerned--opinion is irrelevant--you must be able to support decisions based upon statutory, constitutional or case law.
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DeMaio Warns Stations To Stop Running Negative Ad | KPBS.org

DeMaio Warns Stations To Stop Running Negative Ad | KPBS.org | Slander and Libel: legal issues that affect students and teachers | Scoop.it
Leading San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio is striking out against a political ad he calls libelous. But the group behind the ad is standing by it.
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Michael Sermon's comment, June 6, 2012 11:35 PM
I posted this one, because this deals with public officials. I find it interesting that the news cast is still pressing the issue, they probably would stop if Mr. DeMaio would release a statement on the matter that they are broadcasting.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 17, 2012 5:13 PM
why is the issue of public officials relevant or us? We are really not concerned about libel against politicians--rather we want to know how the law applies in schools
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NC teacher reportedly suspended after telling student not to criticize Obama

NC teacher reportedly suspended after telling student not to criticize Obama | Slander and Libel: legal issues that affect students and teachers | Scoop.it
A North Carolina high school teacher was captured on video shouting at a student who questioned President Obama and suggesting he could be arrested for criticizing a sitting president. ...
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Michael Sermon's comment, June 6, 2012 11:28 PM
Wow... This teacher needs to reevaluate how she structures her class. There for a while it seems that all that is being taught is who can shout their point across the loudest. I personally don't think that the teacher is right in the matter that the students were speaking. The students were focusing mostly on opinion, where as the teachers focus is on slander. The teacher is right on the matter that a person shouldn't slander another (it doesn't matter if the person is President or not). I feel that she might have failed to define slander before she decides to raise her voice on the matter. She would have been better off ignoring the students remarks, or speaking with the student(s) after class, or asking them to write it down and then they could decide if the statement was slander or opinion. This would be a learning curve for the student(s) on this definition and how to steer away form it in the future.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 17, 2012 5:09 PM
thoughtful answer Michael--what legal principle protected this student's right to a comment? In what way was this teacher misinformed about slander?
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NY court rules calling someone gay isn't slander

NY court rules calling someone gay isn't slander | Slander and Libel: legal issues that affect students and teachers | Scoop.it
A court says it's no longer slander in New York to falsely call someone gay.
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Michael Sermon's comment, June 6, 2012 11:35 PM
This case may seam interesting when it hits its appeal. It would have a lot of push in the anti- bulling that is now in place.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 17, 2012 5:07 PM
I am interested to see where you might be going with this thought--you are assuming I know what you know and the point you are attempting to make here...what does this have to do with schools? With the legal rights of students and/or teachers?