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Is a message group chat (not on social media) consisting of

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Is a message group chat (not on social media) consisting of swear words considered to be violation if it is after school hours and not on school grounds?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Sam replied 5 months ago.
Hello ​This is Samuel. This is a First Amendment issue and this is what the courts have ruled as the "test' for if a policy that prohibits the use of profanity is a policy in violation of the First Amendment:​The courts have ruled schools can have such a policy if it meets the "test" of Does the use of the profanity have a profound affect on the school community as a whole? Does it disrupt decorum? Disrupt decorum means it undermines the educational mission.I suggest, you can consider consult with a local attorney to see if there is a constitutional issue, if the schools policy infringes on her First Amendment rights or if the policy meets the "test" standards as established in case law.

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