High school was justified in suspending students who ‘liked' racist social media posts, judge rules

A Bay Area school district acted properly when it suspended five students who “liked” or commented on racist images on another student's Instagram account that included nooses drawn around the necks of a black student and coach and comparisons of African American women and students to gorillas, a judge has ruled.

The case raised thorny questions about how strictly schools can regulate student speech and whether “likes” on social media should be treated similarly to the original posts.

U.S. District Judge James Donato said in his decision late Wednesday that the five students contributed to disruption at Albany High School in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The judge rejected...

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