Friday, June 4, 2010

PA Appeals Court Weighs Punishment For Students' Online Parodies

"Is it a student's right to free speech or a school's right to discipline? A US Appeals Court in Pennsylvania heard arguments Thursday on a case that could have far-reaching implications. The issue involves the suspension of two students, from two different Pennsylvania school districts, for web postings they made on their home computers. The students posted parody profiles on MySpace that mocked their principals. The American Civil Liberties Union argued on behalf of the students."
In what bizarre alternate universe does a school have rights?  Rights are something that humans have by default.  We create various governments and other entities to prevent others from impeding upon our rights as well as for our general benefit.   None of these non-human entities have rights though; they only have powers and privileges we grant them to benefit ourselves.

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