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Supreme Court seems wary of bold pronouncements in student speech case

Supreme Court justices seemed torn Wednesday about giving school officials authority over what students say when not on campus or cutting administrators entirely out of the equation.

After nearly two hours of argument conducted by teleconference, it seemed a majority might find a lower court went too far in deeming off-campus activities by students completely off-limits to school officials.

But, especially when the Internet amplifies student “speech” far beyond the schoolhouse gate, the justices professed to having a hard time drawing clear lines between when discipline was appropriate and when it endangers the free speech rights of 50 million public school students.

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There was also a hint that the case of a 14-year-old high school cheerleader kicked off her squad for a profane Snapchat missive sent to friends might not be the best vehicle for sweeping free-speech pronouncements

“As far as I can see, I can’t write a treatise on the First Amendment in this case,” said Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who added later, “I would be frightened to death to write a standard.”

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How can we expect school children to respect the Bill of Rights when they themselves are denied their rights under it?

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