phone calls coupled with the use of the word "douchebag
(35.) Doninger, 642 F.3d at 340-42, 351 (upholding school's decision to ban a student from running in the class elections because of her off campus blog post calling members of the administration "douchebags
" and encouraging students to contact the administration to protest the cancellation of a school sponsored event); D.J.M.
(107) After the school principal reprimanded her for sending the email without permission, Doninger placed a post on her blog that referred to district administrators as "douchebags
" and encouraged her readers to call the superintendent and "piss her off." (108) Due to the email and the blog post, the school principal and district superintendent received an influx of calls and emails from angry or concerned community members.
So far schools have punished students for, among other things, tweeting vulgarities on a school-provided laptop, creating fake Myspace pages that imply their principals are drunk and have hit on students and their parents, and for using a personal blog to encourage fellow students to call school officials "douchebags
" for canceling a "jamfest." In the Myspace cases, appellate courts held that the fake pages did not create a substantial disruption and thus couldn't be punished.
Now they can't bust me because they know the press will catch wind of it and they'll look like douchebags
. But if they let me go, then I really am the hero of Goat Lab."
will know you in all kinds of intimate ways.
(200) A student posted a message on her publicly accessible web log or "blog" complaining that a school-sponsored concert was cancelled "due to douchebags
in central office" and encouraged others to contact the central office to "piss [the superintendent] off more." (201) When the principal learned of the student's posting, she prohibited her from running for senior class secretary because "[the student's] conduct had failed to display the civility and good citizenship expected of class officers." (202) This administrative action prompted the student and her parents to seek injunctive relief in the form of a court order allowing her to run for class office.
(73) Avery Doninger, a junior and student council member, was upset by the announcement and in response used a school computer to send an email from one of the student's father's email accounts urging parents and students to "contact [the] central office and ask that we be let [sic] to use our auditorium." (74) Later, from her home, Doninger posted a message on her public blog stating, "jamfest is cancelled due to douchebags
in the front office." (75) In response, the principal "refused to allow Doninger to run for a senior class officer position." (76)