Friday, 19 December 2003
Student sues school for censoring his web site
News 12 New Jersey reports ("Teenager sues Oceanport School District over freedom of speech") that Ryan Dwyer of New Jersey has filed a lawsuit against the Oceanport School District, which operates his former middle school. Dwyer suffered several punishments for operating a web site that criticized the school. If we believe his description of the site (which has been taken offline), this may be a good test case, because he kept the site "clean:"
The Web site was launched in April. It greeted users with, "Welcome to the Anti-Maple Place — Your Friendly Environment," and said: "This page is dedicated to showing students why their school isn't what it's cracked up to be. You may be shocked at what you find on this site," Dwyer says students were allowed to post opinions, but profanity was prohibited and no threats were allowed to be made.