Justin and I were chatting recently about an example cyberbullying case that involves a student who repeatedly is posting comments on her Facebook page about a teacher at school, stating “Mr. Z is a douchebag,” “Mr. Z is a jerk and nobody likes him,” and “Please post ‘I Hate Mr. Z’ comments on my wall!” Assuming that the student speech is protected because it is not materially disrupting school activities, we were wondering what the ramifications would be if Mr. Z posted his feelings and opinions about specific students on his own personal Facebook page. Should we hold students and teachers to different standards? Do we? What are the long-term consequences of doing so? Before we share our own perspective, we’d love to hear the thoughts of visitors to this blog!
...identifying the causes and consequences of cyberbullying