The Answer Sheet: first amendment rights


Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/22/2010

Court: Cheerleader had no 1st Amendment right to refuse to cheer for alleged assailant

This really happened: A federal appeals court ruled that a former Silsbee, Texas, high school cheerleader did not have a First Amendment right to refuse to cheer for a basketball player who she had accused of sexually assaulting her and who later pleaded guilty to simple assault.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers | Tags:  cheerleader, dismissed from team, first amendment rights, sexual assault, texas cheerleader, texas court

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 06/01/2010

Clemson student charged for rude e-mail

Here’s another in a long list of overreactions by school officials to young people saying things in a way others would rather they didn’t. At Clemson University, an undergraduate was charged with "disorderly conduct," "harassment" and other school rule violations for sending a rude e-mail to an administrator.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 06/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  1st amendment rights, Clemson University, FIRE, disorderly conduct charges, first amendment rights, free speech at school, free speech on campus, student charged for nasty email, student charged for rude email, student charged with disorderly conduct, the right to free speech