Case: Suspension For Student Who Slammed Principal On MySpace?

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia must decide whether a Pennsylvania middle school had the right to suspend a student who, on her own time, created a lewd MySpace page about her principal.

The case raises broad issues about the limits of school discipline for off-campus behavior that affects the atmosphere at school.

The U.S. Supreme Court has not directly ruled on the issue.

The American Civil Liberties Union argues that students have free speech rights off-campus that protect such parodies, even if they're vulgar.

But a lawyer for the Blue Mountain School District in eastern Pennsylvania says the student caused a disturbance at school and harmed the principal.

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