For our December luncheon, winners of the 2018 Buddy Davis Speech Contest read their entries. The topic for this year’s contest was: Can schools discipline students for social media use outside of school?
Every teenager knows that he can’t call his principal a vulgar name to his face. But it’s really unclear whether he can go home, get on his computer, and then call him vulgar names online. Is this type of online speech protected by the First Amendment? This important issue is gradually making its way through the lower courts, and will probably be considered by the Supreme Court in the near future.