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    New Law Criminalizing Online Student Speech Takes Effect Dec. 1

    New Law Criminalizing Online Student Speech Takes Effect Dec. 1

    November 29th, 2012

    (ACLU) – ACLU-NC Says the First-in-the-Nation Law is Misguided and Chills Free Speech; Group Calls on Students Charged Under the Law to Contact ACLU-NC Office

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: (212) 549-2666 ; media@aclu.org

    RALEIGH – A new state law, the 2012 School Violence Prevention Act, that will be the first in the nation to impose criminal sanctions on public school students who use computers with the “intent to intimidate or torment” school employees will go into effect Dec. 1.

    The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina opposes the law because it is too broad, threatens to chill students’ free speech, sets a bad precedent by telling students it’s wrong to criticize government officials, and could saddle students as young as 16 with up to 60 days in jail or a $1,000 fine for a wide range of acts that do not merit a criminal punishment. The law would even criminalize true statements by prohibiting online statements “whether true or false, (emphasis added) intending to immediately provoke, and that is likely to provoke, any third party to stalk or harass a school employee.”

    The ACLU-NC is urging any student who is charged under this new law to contact its office.

    “This law is so vague that it could easily result in a student being arrested simply for posting something on the Internet that a school official finds offensive,” said ACLU-NC Policy Director Sarah Preston. “Young people should not be taught that they will be punished for telling the truth, speaking freely, or questioning authority – yet that is exactly what could happen under this law. If it is okay to criminalize students who criticize teachers online, what is to stop the government from making it illegal for any one of us to criticize some other government official, whether the comments are made online or not? We urge any student charged under this misguided law to contact our office immediately.”

    A factsheet with additional information about the new law can be found at acluofnc.org.

    The ACLU of North Carolina is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving and expanding the guarantees of individual liberty found in the United States and North Carolina Constitutions and related federal and state civil rights laws. With more than 12,000 members and supporters throughout the state and an office located in Raleigh, the organization achieves its mission through advocacy, public education, community outreach, and when necessary, litigation.

    Source: ACLU

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    public school students who use computers with the “intent to intimidate or torment” school employees
    So technically if a Student says "No I can't go, My teacher gave me too much Homework again "

    the teacher can say "Waaa Waaa waaa that 15 year old upset me waaa waa waaa"

    the student gets charged

    Rediculous !


    The ACLU-NC is urging any student who is charged under this new law to contact its office.
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    All they have to do is get our very own "Treasure Hunter" to police the internet and those kids won't be able to say anything negative about anyone. (jk TH)
    Seriously though; do you remember, a few years back, when they had the riots in England? They charged people that posted hostile statements on the internet that would provoke others to riot. They themselves didn't need to riot, just rile others up enough to do it. I guess, if you said something bad enough, you could incite someone to kill someone else. Then I suppose you could also be charged in the crime
    It would be like the "Twinkie" defense. You could say "Red James Cash" made me do it!
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    Wasn't it Thomas Payne (?) that wrote a very inflammatory pamphlet in the mid 1700's that had negative results for the British Empire ?
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    Yes I believe it was.Mainly because the British didnt stick to their own laws.Sounds familiar doesnt it

    One part i remember.

    "Not even the king of England can step foot into the common mans house without his permission"

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    Let me look it up. Thomas Paine
    O! ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the Globe. Asia and Africa have long expelled her. Europe regards her as a stranger and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.

    He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression.

    When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

    These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of there country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that is harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.... It is the object only of war that's makes it honorable. And if there was ever a just war since the world began, it is this in which America is now engaged....We fight not to inslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in. (The American Crisis, 1776)

    War involves in it's progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances that no human being can calculate the end. It has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.

    I will through in another by Jefferson: A little rebellion now and then... is a medicine necessary for the sound health of the government.

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