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MySpace Misbehavior and Courtroom Corruption

February 11, 2009 1 min read

Here’s a troubling story about a MySpace prank gone awry.

A teen in Wilkes Barre, Pa., was sent by the local juvenile court in 2007 to a privately run youth detention center after creating a spoof MySpace page of her assistant principal. According to The Associated Press article, the teen claims she wasn’t told of her right to an attorney. Now prosecutors have uncovered what they say is an elaborate kickback scheme that put millions in the pockets of two judges who made a deal with the detention centers to send them more inmates.

This raises all kinds of issues about corruption in the court system. But more relevant for the interests of this blog are the unanswered questions about students’ free speech rights and whether the reach of school authorities extends to Internet activities off campus.

Where do you stand on the issue of disciplining students for online activities that occur off campus?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.