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The right to free speech is fundamentally guaranteed by the First Amendment. Only a few limitations are placed on it, such as speech that defames or incites imminent danger.
Those who believe high schools should be allowed to punish and limit student online speech argue that high school student’s emotional security is at stake. They highlight the modern danger of online bullying, and the need to protect young people from verbal attacks.
Opponents of allowing high schools to punish and limit student online speech argue that there is no clear definition of what constitutes bullying speech, and by allowing schools to be the judges, student’s rights will be infringed. They also note that free speech is constitutionally guaranteed regardless of age or location.
So, what do you think? Should high schools be able to punish student speech on social media?
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