Does it matter whether a student creates his cyberspeech at school?

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Yes, it does. If the student uses school computers to create his material, school officials have jurisdiction and more legal authority to regulate the expression. School officials would likely argue that they could censor such expression as long as they had a reasonable educational reason for doing so under the Supreme Court’s 1988 ruling in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier. Also, when students use school computers, they are subject to the school’s acceptable-use Internet policy. Most schools have policies that set limits on students’ Internet usage.