As reported by Corey Johnson at California Watch, a 15yo sophomore at Mesa Verde High “will never look at the share button” the same way again. The teen used his FB profile to vent – and share – frustration about his biology teach, using creative language in a way that only a teen can.
Specifically, the teen stated that the teacher was a “fat a** who should stop eating fast food, and is a douche bag.”
The result? The school district staff urged suspension under the state’s new cyberbullying law – and sparked a debate with the teen’s parent who called in the ACLU. They argued that teen venting on FB is not the same as cyberbullying. The ACLU autorney representing the family, points out that “virtual world speech” has the same protections under the First Amendment as “real world speech,” and that “you don’t shed your free speech rights by going on Facebook.”
What do you think? Is the teen in this case guilty of cyberbullying? Or, was he simply exercising his right to free – albeit rude – speech?