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Emmett v. Kent

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Susan McCormick

on 18 October 2012

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Transcript of Emmett v. Kent

Olivia Karanian, Mrunmayi Kulkarni, Susan McCormick Emmett v. Kent Fake obituaries
Creative writing class
Option where people could vote who they wanted to "die" next
Written with permission of the students
Portrayed on evening news as a threat to students (hit list)
Deleted website
Placed under emergency expulsion-> later shortened to five days
Felt his first amendment rights had been violated and sued the school 18-year-old honor student posts unofficial web page... Concluded the school has no right to control the students outside of school
Website did not threaten school environment or safety
School payed attorney fees and removed suspension from Emmett's permanent record U.S. District Court Case
Noted that website could imply violent actions (hit list)
Emmett argued site was for entertainment purposes (obituary included Emmett's friends with his or her permission)
Columbine Massacre made people paranoid (news exaggerated incident)
No valid proof against Emmett Decisions and Opinions of Lower State/Federal Courts Separate school work from entertainment
For example, can go make a website, but need to make sure that it has nothing that will make it affiliated with the school
School is not responsible for anything that happens at home
Students first amendment rights are not limited by the school
Anything that threatens the school environment can be used against you
Know your rights -> might save yourself in court just as Emmett did
Be careful what you do online From this, students have learned... Censorship Internet Speech." Censorship Internet Speech. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2012. <http://www.freedomforum.org/packages/first/censorshipinternetspeech/part3.htm>.
"Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court." The Internet, Schools, and Symbolic Speech: A Jigsaw Activity. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2012. <http://www.streetlaw.org/en/Page/231/The_Internet_Schools_and_Symbolic_Speech_A_Jigsaw_Activity>.
"SPLC." Student Press Law Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2012. <http://www.splc.org/news/report_detail.asp?edition=6>. "Washington County Parents." : C. Emmett v. Kent School District. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2012. <http://washingtoncountyparent.blogspot.com/2008/06/c-emmett-v-kent-school-district.html>. Works Cited Majority Opinion of the Court en.wikipedia.org
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