So this guy, Wesley Scroggins, an associate professor at Missouri State University, filed a complaint with the local school district to stop using textbooks and other materials “that create false conceptions of American history and government or that teach principles contrary to Biblical morality and truth.”
Oh, did I mention he doesn’t even have a child attending any of the schools in that district?
Employers should think twice before trying to restrict workers from talking about their jobs on Facebook or other social media.
That’s the message the government sent on Monday as it settled a closely watched lawsuit against a Connecticut ambulance company that fired an employee after she went on Facebook to criticize her boss.
The National Labor Relations Board sued the company last year, arguing the worker’s negative comments were protected speech under federal labor laws. The company claimed it fired the emergency medical technician because of complaints about her work.
A California high school student who had been suspended last December after calling his teacher a “fat ass” on Facebook received the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU released a letter today arguing that the school violated the student’s right to free speech on both state and federal counts, as well as the Education Code.
I’m itching to know what you think. Let me know in the reblog (the bookmarklet doesn’t let me set this up as a question, and once it goes in the Queue the only solution is to delete and rebuild it on Tumblr itself).
This is an important case. What are your thoughts?
A buck doesn’t go a long way these days, but it’s probably the best dollar Katie Evans has ever earned.
The Pembroke Pines Charter High School grad is celebrating the end of a two-year battle over her first amendment rights that started when she declared her AP English teacher, Sarah Phelps, “the worst she ever had” on her Facebook page. The school cried cyberbullying and suspended Evans.
But the University of Florida student fought back, with the help of the ACLU, arguing that her statements were protected by the first amendment. She sued school principal Peter Bayer in 2008, and Bayer’s attempt to have the case thrown out earlier this year was rejected by a judge, who stated that Evans’ speech fell under the umbrella of protected speech.
Last week, instead of gearing up for a trial, Evans learned that a settlement had been reached, the Miami Herald reported. She will receive $15,000 for attorney’s fees and $1 in nominal damages. More importantly, though, all records of the incident will be removed from her school file.
Oh, and my favorite part of this whole story:
On the website ratemyteachers.com, Phelps received a 3.9 out of 5.0, with the option to “like” the rating on Facebook.