Student Speech And The Law In K-12 Schools: What Administrators Need To Know
Students do not shed their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse gate. The First Amendment protects students’ rights to express their religious, social, and political opinions in public school, orally, in writing, through their dress, or using other expressive conduct intended to convey a particular message. However, First Amendment rights are not absolute. In some instances, school districts may regulate student speech, depending on the circumstances and nature of the speech involved. In this respect, school officials are often faced with situations where they need to address speech that may be threatening or disruptive in nature. In those instances, school officials must balance student free speech rights against competing concerns, including the need to provide a safe and productive educational environment for all students. Meanwhile, with the advent of the Internet, students now express themselves through a variety of electronic means, including tweets, blogs, and online social networks creating further First Amendment challenges for school administrators.
In this informative webinar, leading attorney Richard Verstegen will discuss the important and essential legal aspects of student speech, including issues related to student dress, social media, and other forms of speech by students.
A sample of the many practical tips you’ll take away:
- How to address conduct that may be bullying or harassing in nature in light of the First Amendment.
- How to address speech that occurs off-campus, including speech that occurs over social media.
- Elements of other forms of speech, such as taking a knee during certain school-sponsored events.
- How to develop rules for student dress that do not violate student First Amendment issues.
- And much more!
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