This month, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the "Douchebag Case."
That is, they ruled on whether or not a highschooler who called her school administrators "douchebags" online had her First Amendment Rights violated when the "douchebags" reprimanded her. The case brings to light crucial issues of regarding the First Amendment in schools, a growing issue of concern particularly with the increasing use of social media and cyberbullying.
While this case was not a cyberbulling case, it did have elements of teenage misconduct and the authority of schools to reprimand such behavior when it occurs, even off-campus.
According to the New Haven Advocate, in 2007, Avery Doninger wrote a blog post on Livejournal.com where she called school Principal Karissa Niehoff and Superintendent Paula Schwartz "douchebags" for pulling the plug on the school's battle of the bands. Her blog post called for action, asking fellow students to "piss off" the administrators.