Supreme Court rejects social media cases involving students

David Kravets for Wired:

The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to clarify on what grounds public schools may punish students for their off-campus, online speech.The justices have not squarely addressed the student-speech issue as it applies to the digital world — one filled with online social-networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and others. The issue before the justices tests whether public schools may discipline students who, while off campus, use social-networking sites to mock school officials.

It’s been 43 years since the Supremes took up the issue of student free speech in any substantive, precedent-setting way. Times and technology have changed dramatically. Maybe it’s time.