An 18-year old Kansas high school senior attended a field trip with her Youth in Government program. On her way back from the event, she posted a tweet disparaging of Governor Sam Brownback and containing off-color language to her 65 followers. The governor’s staff noticed the tweet in the course of their regular monitoring of social media, and contacted the Youth in Government program. The student’s principal told her she would have to write a letter of apology to the governor; she refused. (Shawnee Mission School District later said she would not be required to write an apology.) The governor’s office later apologized for overreacting. This eLesson explores the First Amendment implications of these events.
Did you use this eLesson in your classroom to discuss First Amendment rights? How did your students react to the story?
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