• Judge Tom

    Judge Tom

    Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

    Articles by Judge Tom

    8th grader’s Facebook rant against teacher is “protected speech”

    Digital disobedience and free speech

    That’s right – a federal district court judge in Oregon called Braeden Burge’s off-campus posts an attempt to elicit a response from his friends, not a serious threat against the teacher. Braeden, an eighth-grader at Colton Middle School in Oregon, was upset at receiving a …

    Another senior prank gone awry

    Sequoyah High School senior prank

    Every year we tell you about prom mishaps and questionable senior pranks. We hope you learn from them. This year, we bring you Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tennessee. Two groups of seniors decided to prank the school. The first group did some harmless pranks. …

  • Freedom of the press for North Dakota students

    typewriter freedom of press

    Do  students have a right to free speech at school when writing for the school newspaper, yearbook or theater productions? Or can administrators censor the content of their articles? In April, 2015, North Dakota joined a small number of states that have reinforced students’ right …

    Is street begging a crime?

    Panhandling

    The issue about panhandling or begging in public has been debated in recent years by city councils and state legislatures. Some laws have been found unconstitutional while others remain in place. In April, 2015, for example, Arizona passed a law making “aggressive begging” a misdemeanor. …

    Namaste: Court rules yoga classes in public schools do not violate freedom of religion

    Yoga

    For many in this country, the practice of yoga is an entirely secular (non-religious) experience undertaken for reasons such as increasing physical flexibility, decreasing pain, and reducing stress.  For others, the practice of yoga is a religious ritual, undertaken for spiritual purposes. Some public schools offer …

    “Dabbing” article censored in Virginia high school

    Censorship

    SaraRose Martin is the co-editor of The Falconer, the student newspaper at Fauquier High School in Virginia. In March, 2015, she was told by her principal that an article she wrote about dabbing was not suitable for printing in the school’s paper. She appealed the …

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