Rights for All? The Effects of the First Amendment on Cyberbullying Policy in Arkansas
As a former public school teacher in Arkansas, especially a full-time journalism teacher, it was vital for me to completely understand the First Amendment rights of my students. Most of the time, I was fighting off prior restraint by the school district, or advising students on how to avoid libel or ethical violations. But, there are times that students use their right to free speech to bully/cyberbully other students, and in those times the waters of free speech become particularly muddied. This research project explores the cyberbullying policies of five Arkansas school districts and how those policies relate to Supreme Court precedent, and presents relevant literature in support and against student First Amendment rights pertaining to bullying and cyberbullying.