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Four Syracuse University students punished for trashing their teacher on Facebook.com joined the growing number of students nationally whose school has held them accountable for what they put on the Internet.
"Criticism can be considered a matter of free speech. In this particular situation it was the content, and the content was considered as being reviewable as a possible violation of the university code of student conduct," said Kevin Morrow, speaking for SU. "The language and the phrasing of these Facebook postings were extreme... Download file "Schools discipline students over Internet content"