Free speech does not extend to home computers.

Student Suspended Over IM Icon

Chris Reimer writes “C|Net News.com is reporting that a 15-year-old student lost a lawsuit over having an instant messenger icon that represented a death threat against an English teacher on his personal computer that another student reported to school authorities. From the article: ‘His parents sued, claiming that the icon was protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech, that the school district failed to train staff in proper threat assessment and that the school board violated state law in not following proper procedures. [The judge] Mordue rejected the free-speech claims.'”

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