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Hate your teacher? Vent it on Facebook

tech reviews Updated: Feb 16, 2010 17:34 IST
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FacebookA former high school student suspended after criticising a teacher on a Facebook page can sue the school for the disciplinary action, a Florida court has ruled. Lawyers are hailing this as - freedom of speech ruling.

Katherine Evans can take action to expunge the penalty from her school record as well as sue for a "nominal" fee for violating her First Amendment rights. The honor student, now a university junior, was suspended for "cyberbullying" after she launched a Facebook page saying an english teacher was "the worst I've ever had."

“This is an important victory both for Ms Evans and Internet free speech,” said Maria Kayanan, Evans' lawyer and associate director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. "It upholds the principle that the right to freedom of speech in America does not depend on the technology used to convey opinions and ideas.”