Suspending A Student From A Public School For The Content Of A Website Violates The First Amendment

In Coy v. Board of Education of the North Canton City Schools, the court determined that a school’s decision to discipline a student, because they did not like the content of his personal Web site violates his free speech rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This decision was revolutionary because it challenges the free exchange of ideas and that the Internet is a forum of expression in the age of the Internet. In the wake of historical events such as the school shooting at Columbine High School, schools have been determined to be more involved in the silencing of speech.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What previous decisions was the court influenced by?
Would the fact that the Internet website was created off-campus make a difference for its protection?

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