McNeil v. Sherwood School District 88J

Woman discovers that her high school sophomore son’s journal contains graphic depictions of violence and a hit list of 22 students who “must die.” She tells a therapist; the therapist informs Sherwood, Ore. police, who search the home and find a rifle and ammo. Police decline to pursue criminal charges but inform the school district, which then expels the teen for a year. Ninth Circuit: School officials can indeed punish students for off-campus speech that is an identifiable and credible threat of school violence.

Tags: 2019, Free Speech, Ninth Circuit, Police, Searches and Seizures, Threats

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