“A Connecticut High School Student used vulgar slang on an Internet blog which was sent from her personal computer while at home. Specifically, she criticized the administration by saying “Jamfest is canceled due to douchebags in central office.” The school, in turn, refused to allow plaintiff to run for re-election as class secretary. She then won with write in ballots, but was not allowed to serve.”

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0 Responses to “A Connecticut High School Student used vulgar slang on an Internet blog which was sent from her personal computer while at home. Specifically, she criticized the administration by saying “Jamfest is canceled due to douchebags in central office.” The school, in turn, refused to allow plaintiff to run for re-election as class secretary. She then won with write in ballots, but was not allowed to serve.”

  1. Eric says:

    The school administration’s reaction certainly does nothing to refute the characterization of them as “douchebags” (setting aside my personal dislike of the term as crass and sexist).

  2. ssladler says:

    So just serve. What exactly do you need from the administration in order to serve on student council? Just start going to the meetings. I doubt they will call a cop to come drag you out, especially if the other members of the council are on your side.

  3. Ann Bartow says:

    Ssladler, you might want to read the linked post, then you would have a better understanding of the situation.

  4. ssladler says:

    I read the linked post and the decision. My point is that making a federal case out of it (literally) is the wrong approach. Instead, simply ignore the administration and set up a shadow student government. If you have the support of the class (as evidenced by the write-in win), simply do all the things that the student government does without the explicit support of the administration. What are they going to do, appoint a high-inquisitor and start outlawing the meeting of 3 or more students without her prior approval? In that case, you’d probably win your federal case, unlike this one.