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School can suspend student for MySpace parody

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Posted: Feb 4, 2010 8:12 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Feb 4, 2010 8:12 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: MySpace, appeals court, free speech, Pennsylvania

A federal appeals court says students in Pennsylvania can be disciplined for creating MySpace parodies of school leaders- but only if they are likely to disrupt classes. The case involves a teen who wrote a sexually-explicit parody of her principal on her MySpace page that she wrote at home. The three judge panel says the school could expect the posting to be disruptive. Similar free-speech cases have sprung up across the country with mixed rulings.

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