School Law Bulletin #2002/04

Student Threats and the First Amendment

Monday, April 1, 2002

This paper explores the current state of the law with respect to students’ rights to free speech in the wake of school violence. It pays particular attention to court cases and school policies arising out of oral, written, artistic, and Internet speech. Finally, it discusses several effective early intervention and threat assessment policies.

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