Your 13 year-old daughter comes home from school one day crying because a group of girls posted a horrible video on YouTube calling her derogatory names and making fun of the way she dresses. The girls filmed the video at a local restaurant the day before on the way home from school. What can your daughter’s school legally do to punish the girls who filmed and posted the video?

Cyberbullying & Free Speech in Schools

Cyberbullying is one of the most vexing problems facing teachers, school employees and school districts. Unfortunately for teachers and school officials who want to punish this conduct, cyberbullying often encroaches into the territory of free speech.

In this CLE course Gretchen Shipley, an education technology lawyer, discusses one of the key issues facing educators and school districts today – cyberbullying and free speech. Gretchen will mainly cover the school’s duty to provide a safe environment, infringing on student’s free speech, school & district employees and related laws to cyberbullying. To access the course please click here: Cyberbullying and Free Speech in Schools.

These topics will also be addressed:

  • Transmitting sexual images of minor
  • Bullying & cyberbullying defined
  • Schools & social media monitoring
  • Bullying prevention laws
  • The school’s jurisdiction to punish student speech
  • The substantial disruption standard
  • Search & seizure of student’s smartphones
  • Impersonation laws
  • Tinker v. Des Moines
  • J.C. v. Beverly Hills School District
  • J.S. v. Blue Mountain School District
  • New Jersey v. T.L.O
  • Klump v. Nazareth

Gretchen M. Shipley is a partner in the San Diego area office of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost and co-chair of the firm’s eMatters Practice Group. A respected legal leader in education law and technology, Mrs. Shipley advises school districts and presents workshops to students, employees and district leaders nationwide on the promotion of digital citizenship in the school community.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.