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Court Backs Discipline For Off-Campus Acts
A 7th grader's sexual harassment of two younger students in a city park adjacent to their school was not protected under the First Amendment as off-campus speech, a federal appeals court has ruled.
A three-judge panel upheld the two-day suspension of a student, who along with several other 7th graders at Monroe Middle School in Eugene, Ore., teased and harassed a 6th grade boy and girl over several days, using vulgar language, court papers say. The students were traveling a path from the school that crossed into a city park and adjoins the school's athletic fields.
In its decision this month, the court said after-school speech at a shopping mall or movie theater might present a different case, but those locations are not the same as a piece of property adjacent to school grounds. The court also cited the sexual content of the speech and the age of the victims.
Vol. 36, Issue 04, Page 4Published in Print: September 14, 2016, as Court Backs Discipline For Off-Campus Acts