Although the U.S. Supreme Court famously said that that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” the reality is somewhat different. In an age when schools are arming teachers, digital threats students make on social media have the power to disrupt the educational process and are of obvious concern to administrators intent on protecting their students. Learn about the history of the balance between students’ rights to free speech, as guaranteed by the 1st Amendment, and schools’ obligations to protect their students from harm.

Newman Williams shareholder Jerry Geiger is a federal mediator with a practice that includes civil rights litigation throughout eastern Pennsylvania.

 

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