|Title||Can Students Be Suspended for Comments on a Blog?|
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Can Students Be Suspended for Comments on a Blog?
In December 2011, two brothers, the Wilsons—who were juniors at Lee's Summit North High School in Missouri—created a website called NorthPress:
What did the court do? You be the judge ...
The Wilsons testified that December 16, 2011, was a normal school day free from significant disruptions and suggested that the third student's post was the sole cause of any actual disruption. The Wilsons claimed that the classes at Summit Ridge Academy were not academically challenging.... The Wilsons also testified they wanted to pursue careers in music or theater, and their chances for college band scholarships would be hurt if they could not participate in the Lee's Summit North band. The Wilsons' parents testified they did not believe their sons would be in any danger at Lee's Summit North....
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