Jim Moore reports:
Avery Doninger will soon return to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with the right of students across the country to speak their minds in blogs and text messages at stake.
Once a 16-year-old high school junior who referred to school administrators as “douchebags” in an online blog post protesting the potential cancellation of a school concert, Doninger, 19, is now a freshman at Eastern Connecticut State University who plans, after a year spent volunteering for AmeriCorps in Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, to make a career in nonprofit management.
For the plaintiffs, and their legal supporters, the issue boils down to a comparatively simple question: whether school officials have the right to discipline students for off-campus speech.
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