A high school girl, after battling with school officials to get a concert planned, called her school administrators "douchbags" [sic] on her blog after the concert was canceled. She had had the brilliance to contact her community and ask for their assistance in getting the concert held at a school auditorium--since the taxpayers own the school property. Smart girl. Principal gets pissed, girl writes "douchbag" on her own blog, school finds out and disciplines the girl, parents sue--and the courts decide in favor of the school. (This is in a very small nutshell--for a nice outline of the events as they occurred, go here.)
But on Aug. 31, Judge Mark Kravitz ruled with the administration, reasoning that since Doninger wrote something on a Web site that could be read by people at school, that's essentially the same as if she'd stood up in class and shouted it.
Errr? The judge soooo did not come to that conclusion by anything like reasoning.
Those government arms are getting longer all the time. The poor little principal got mad because she was hammered with emails and phone calls. She pulled the concert. (In fairness, the school administration was not interviewed for the piece as the court case is still ongoing.) The girl gets mad of course and calls them a name on her own private blog. HER PROPERTY.
She called them a name. She did not go to school with a gun or even threaten violence. She called them a name on her own personal blog and they were able to use that against her.
Via ODonnellWeb, one of my new favorite blogs