I have a friend that has told me that her school (public) has issued a new policy towards blogs and the content that students post on them. From what I hear, (and I’m trying to find a link) students posting statements insulting other students or even stating a dislike of other students can be punished in school. I really wish I could give a link, but the school’s website hasn’t been updated since 2002, and I have very little hope of them posting it there. I think it makes a good debate though, so I’ve drawn up a semi-hypothetical situation involving a similar rule.
Let’s say at a school in Kansas, a new rule that was worded like this:
“A student shall not use opprobrious or abusive words or obscene language to describe another student, nor shall they threaten or harass another student on a web log (“blog”).”
- Does a public high school have the authority to enforce this rule?
- Should a public high school have the authority to enforce this rule?