I previously reported that former Whitewater special prosecutor Ken Starr had been retained by a public school district that was charged with violating a student’s freedom of speech when the district disciplined the student for posting a drug-related message on property across the street from a district athletic field.
Last week, the Supreme Court heard argument in this case. According to the student, he simply was testing his free speech rights. We likely will learn the results of that test sometime in July, when the Court hands down its decision. Expect the decision to be close, but do not expect it to follow the “normal” liberal-conservative split.
Either way, the decision should (hopefully) give additional guidance on where a district’s ability to maintain order meets with a student’s limited right of expression.