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School board trustees Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff and T.J. Zane embraced the interactive nature of social media. They used their personal Facebook and Twitter accounts to solicit feedback from constituents, invite the public to board meetings, and answer questions. But when they tired of two concerned parents’ probing commentary, the trustees hit the block button.
When signing their appointment letters, WVU faculty must pledge to “accept and encourage change that is for the greater good” and to “avoid conduct that reflects adversely on the image of the University.”
The city of Arab, Alabama, passed an ordinance banning signs that contain “hate speech” or “vulgar,” “lewd,” or “indecent” content. FIRE wrote the city, explaining that these restrictions are inherently content-based and thus violate the First Amendment.
High schools cannot punish a student for satirizing the principal on social media when the satire occurs off campus and does not cause substantial disruption at school. A principal’s pride is not an exception to the First Amendment.
If you are facing retaliation over protected speech, or if you are a college student or faculty member whose First Amendment rights may have been violated, reach out to FIRE to learn more about how we can protect your rights.