Everyone agrees that the US Constitution protects free speech – at least, for the most part. You know you can't yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater, unless you're interested in some serious quality time with the po'lice. But the issue isn't always so cut and dried in our digital world.
Can you get in trouble for your Tweets, Facebook updates, and Tumblr pics under the law? Check out a real-life case about a high school student who Tweeted about her governor – and what happened after – and decide for yourself.
When your instructor tells you, open the following links in your browser:
Shmoop: Free Speech. The basics on the right to free speech.
Kansas School Unconstitutionally Disciplines Student For Criticizing Gov. Sam Brownback. An opinionated blog post. The name says it all.
Teenager Emma Sullivan and Sam Brownback's insulting interlude. An opinion post claiming the issue isn't one of free speech.