• What if I make a comment on someone else’s site?

    Date: 09.24.07 | by Judge Tom.

    Joshua* went  to Kettering High School in Michigan.  He contributed to a website called “Satan’s web page” that was created by another student.  Joshua added a list of “people I wish would die.”  He was suspended for one semester and spent three days hospitalized for a mental health evaluation. Joshua succeeded having the discipline removed from his school record since the court found no disruption at school or a threat to anyone and therefore, his free speech rights applied.

    Photo by Tostie 14 (Flickr)

    This doesn’t mean you can say anything on the Internet and get away with it.  If the content of your post constitutes a threat of harm to someone, it may violate a criminal law.  Every state has laws regarding threatening, stalking and harassment.  If you want to see what your state says about this, Google the word you’re curious about like ”stalking” and your state’s name.  You should see a few sites that provide specific information on the subject.  Remember that writing on someone else’s computer, no matter where you are, may be traced back to you.

    *Mahaffey v. Aldrich, 236 F.Supp.2d 779 (2002).

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by 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.

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