Slander and Libel: Legal Issues that affect teachers and students
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Slander and Libel: Legal Issues that affect teachers and students
Read about legal issues that affect students and teachers, and how detrimental the rumor mill can be to a person's life, specifically those in the education system.
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SCANLON: Union hijacking of charter schools

SCANLON: Union hijacking of charter schools | Slander and Libel: Legal Issues that affect teachers and students | Scoop.it
If you can’t beat them, take them over. That seems to be the new union strategy on charter schools. Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are governed by private groups that sign a contract, or charter, with the state.
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Teacher Writes Being Gay Just Like Being A Murderer On Facebook

Teacher Writes Being Gay Just Like Being A Murderer On Facebook | Slander and Libel: Legal Issues that affect teachers and students | Scoop.it
Jack Conkling, a Prairie Hills Middle School social studies teacher and Buhler High School assistant women's basketball coach in Buhler, Kan., is under fire after equating being gay to being a murderer on his Facebook profile, the Hutchinson News...
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Adrianna Conway's comment, June 7, 2012 1:22 AM
A teacher's opinion has been considered libel against him as he made remarks regarding gay marriage. According to the teacher he was simply stating what he felt in his heart and was condemning no single person. Although knowing that, students of his who are/were gay will probably never be comfortable around him or communicating with him for fear of being judged.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 19, 2012 12:21 PM
You are right on a practical level--but is his speech protected? This is not literally a libel case because no individual is being named. The larger case is Freedom of expression for educators
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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: Legal Issues that affect teachers and students | 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-campus speech...

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Adrianna Conway's comment, June 7, 2012 1:04 AM
Once again there was an instance of a student participating in cyber-bullying against a teacher. It was the equivalent of an online "burn book" The student who is responsible for the Facebook page is now facing charges of libel, as it has brought defamation against the teacher being accused. Students are no longer the only targets of bullying, as cyber bullying has given students the ability to target authority figures such as teachers.
Adrianna Conway's comment, June 7, 2012 1:13 AM
Also, considering the student was not actually charged for libel, because of the fact that students should have First Amendment rights outside of school and off school property, teachers and students are put onto the same playing field when it comes to cyber-bullying. A similar case involving freedom of expression was during the Vietnam war when students were allowed to wear black arm bands to school.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 19, 2012 12:11 PM
I am glad you mentioned the Tinker case--how does that ruling apply here? Do you think there is a disruption of the school environment when teachers' reputations are attacked online?
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Fmr East Wake Academy principal charged | abc11.com

Fmr East Wake Academy principal charged | abc11.com | Slander and Libel: Legal Issues that affect teachers and students | Scoop.it
Zebulon Police Department charges Brandon Smith with sexual battery...
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Adrianna Conway's comment, June 7, 2012 1:44 AM
Teachers at a Charter school have claimed they were the victims of sexual harassment by the principal. After the claims against him began to add up, the principal filed a slander and libel lawsuit against the teachers, claiming none of it ever happened. This is an important case because it will break more ground on the topic of teachers who are harassed by coworkers or administrators and either give teachers a leg to stand on or prove that administrators have more clout when they stick teachers with a slander and libel lawsuit.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 19, 2012 11:51 AM
What would make this an actual case of libel/slander? If teachers are found to be libelous AND there was actual harrassment (which was probably the case) --this would certain discourage teachers from filing harrassment claims. How do the principles in our text apply?
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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 teachers and students | Scoop.it
(05-31) 15:08 PDT Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- A court says it's no longer slander in New York to falsely call someone gay. A mid-level appeals court on Thursday wiped out decades of rulings, including its own, to say that...
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Adrianna Conway's comment, June 7, 2012 1:37 AM
After years of many trivial court-cases over name-calling, New York and many other states are doing away with any cases that arise over one person falsely calling another 'gay.' The term itself can no longer be considered defamation because it is no longer considered slander. As far as how this can affect teachers and students, on one hand since it is no longer a punishable offense, some students may be tormented endlessly and teachers may have the word thrown at them from some students as well.
Vikki Howard's comment, June 19, 2012 12:05 PM
While these outcomes may be unpleasant, the consequences of bullying are very significant. What other cases did you find, in our book, or through your reseach that might lend more light to this topic?