In the article, “School Social Media Free Speech Case”(BTW) I learned about Brandi Levy’s case that involved her first amendment getting violated. It all started off when Levy tried out for her school’s cheerleading team and unfortunately didn’t make the cut. So she took out her anger on social media by trashing her school and saying negative things about it. Later on, the School took notice of Levy’s actions and decided to punish her for it. Brandi’s parents believed that the school was in the wrong for doing so since it violated her first amendment, it was off-campus when she published it and the school isn’t in the place for them to tell her what she can and can’t post. But schools should have somewhat of a say in what they are allowed to post. For example, they can get involved with something if it deals with hate speech, bullying, threats, and so on. 

So, what do you think? Shold schools participate in what students publish on social media?
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In this case, I’m 50/50 on it since both sides hold great points. I understand that the schools should intervene in some of the student’s social media when it involves hurting someone, physically or mentally. But, schools shouldn’t also get someone in trouble for expressing their opinion when it doesn’t cause anyone harm.

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October 10, 2022 7:04 am

Dear Valarie,

I am very impressed by your post, “Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts” because I feel like this is a situation of intrusion on one’s seclusion. I’m very complacent that you decided to post this because something needed to be informed about what schools should have and should not have a say in. In a situation like Brandi’s case, it is allowed for personal opinions to be online as long as no one is threatened or hurt in some way. That is when the school is involved. Students’ privacy outside of the school should stay secluded. One sentence that stands out to me is: “..schools shouldn’t also get someone in trouble for expressing their opinion when it doesn’t cause anyone harm”. When someone is threatened, or hurt physically, mentally, or verbally at school, that is when teachers or any adult should come forth and intervene. But, when it is for expressing your emotions because you felt embarrassed or enraged, it is off-limits to want to do something about it; especially when it is off-campus.

Thank you for expressing your opinion on this matter because I do see a conflict between the school’s decisions in students’ life about their social media posts. It should be known that if it is not relevant to you in harm’s way then it shouldn’t be of your concern to want to express your opinion.

I look forward to your next post because I feel content that someone chooses to post their opinion on important matters in society.

Gimbya

September 6, 2022 9:51 pm

Dear Valeria,
I am very pleased by your letter that, “Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts,” because I feel like it is so personal. Teachers do not need to be in their students’ business, like they say, “we are here to learn” so why are they violating our privacy and stalking us? One sentence that stood out to me was “it was off-campus when she published it and the school isn’t in the place for them to tell her what she can and can’t post,” because I agree that whatever is off campus is not involved with school at all. Students have their own separate life and the school needs to understand that.

I believe that they should only get involved into social media if they are getting made fun of, bullying, or some hate speech. Then you have the right to help your students or dicepline them, but not things that are not relevent to school or learning. \

Thank you for sharing your opinion on social media and schools. I look forward to responding again. I liked a lot of the points that you made.

~Sincerely, Kyla Del Bosque

September 5, 2022 5:27 pm

Dear Valeria:

I am attracted by your letter, “Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts”, because not all things teens post are bad. For example, they should only be in control of it if it comes to bullying but not if it is their emotions coming towards it. 

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It all started off when Levy tried out for her school’s cheerleading team and unfortunately didn’t make the cut. So she took out her anger on social media by trashing her school and saying negative things about it.” I think this is important because how are teens supposed to post how they feel on social media without having to feel like they can’t post anything? 

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because not a lot of people talk about how teens use social media. I also liked how you mentioned how school should only be involved if it had to be dealing with someone getting bullied but that wasn’t the case. 

Geraldine Cardenas

May 3, 2022 3:43 am

Dear Valarie
I was brought to my feet by your post, ¨ should school be allowed to control students’ media posts¨ cause like in my school I have not yet seen students or teachers say that schools should be getting into the student’s personal life but that they have heard other schools go through similar thing like that so I would say it not a good thing that schools should get into the student personal life.
The sentence that stood out to me most was ,¨he school isn’t in the place for them to tell her what she can and can’t post¨ the fact that that in the sentence caught my eye would be because it talks about what is happening and what they shouldn’t do.
Thank you for sharing our opinion and explaining, I would love to see more from you you seem to know what your talking about.
Thank you and i am to determine read another of your writings.

April 26, 2022 9:46 pm

Dear Valarie, 

I am impressed by your post, “Should schools be allowed to control student’s media post” because it is interesting the way students react on social media. Many times there are students who do things out of anger but students must learn to control what they post.

One sentence you wrote that stands out is: “I understand that the schools should intervene in some of student’s social media when it involves hurting someone, physically and mentally.” I think schools should only get involved with school things. Outside of schools, they should not have the right to get involved. 

Thanks for your writing. I like how we take the importance of students social media. I would like to continue reading more!

Saray

Natalie Flores-Montanez
Natalie Flores-Montanez
March 30, 2022 6:13 pm

Dear Valerie,

I am impressed with your post, “Should School be Allowed to Control Students Media Posts” because my school I have not yet seen students or teachers say that schools should be getting into the student’s personal life but that they have heard other schools go through similar thing like that so I would say it not a good thing that schools should get into the student personal life.

One sentence that your wrote that stands out for me is “Brandi’s parents believed that the school was in the wrong for doing so since it violated her first amendment…” I think this is correct because this student is able to express what she wants on the internet.

Thank you and I am looking forwards to reading another writing. I was interested with your writing.

Natalie

March 30, 2022 1:02 am

Dear Valarie

I find your discussion post “Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts?” very interesting, because of the contents of the story and how well you wrote about this topic. 

One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “In this case, I’m 50/50 on it since both sides hold great points.” I think neutrality in this instance is rare compared to what I’ve heard about this topic before. I also liked how you mention both sides having great points, I agree. 

Thanks for writing, I look forward to what you post next because of how well you approach topics like this and your great writing.

Israel

March 29, 2022 3:38 am

Dear Valarie
I was brought to my feet by your post, ¨ should school be allowed to control students’ media posts¨ cause like in my school I have not yet seen students or teachers say that schools should be getting into the student’s personal life but that they have heard other schools go through simular thing like that so I would say it not a good thing that schools should get into the student personal life.
The sentence that stood out to me most was ,¨he school isn’t in the place for them to tell her what she can and can’t post¨ the fact that that in the sentence caught my eye would be because it talks about what is happening and what they shouldn’t do.
Thank you for sharing our oppion and explaining, I would love to see more from you you seem to know what your talking about.

March 15, 2022 3:43 pm

Dear Valerie:

I am impressed my your post, “Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts?” because I do believe that teachers shouldn’t get involved with what students post. On the other hand, if they do get involved it should only be if a student is saying something to a particular person.
One sentence that your wrote that stands out for me is: ” Brandi’s parents believed that the school was in the wrong for doing so since it violated her first amendment…” I think this is correct because this student is able to express what she wants on the internet.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what your write next because I like reading things that have to do with people amendments getting violated. I also like the way you explained everything and gave your opinion.

Natalie Flores-Montanez
Natalie Flores-Montanez
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March 30, 2022 6:04 pm

Dear Adrian,

I am impressed with what you had to say about this. I agree with you and everything you had to say about this reading. I am looking forward to seeing more comments about this reading because you explain your opinion to the author’s writing.

Keep up the good work and I am looking forwards to more of your comments and keep explaining your opinion

Natalie

March 14, 2022 6:48 pm

Dear Valarie

I was surprised by your post, ¨ should school be allowed to control students’ media posts¨ because in my school I have seen any student or teacher say about the school getting into the student’s personal life but have heard other schools go through that so I would say it not a good thing that schools should get into the student personal life.

A sentence that stood out to me was , ¨he school isn’t in the place for them to tell her what she can and can’t post¨ the reason for the sentence to be more eye-catching would be because it talks about what is happening and what they shouldn’t do.

thank you for sharing, I would love to see more from you

March 14, 2022 3:54 am

Dear Valarie
I am stunned by your post, “Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts,” because I have not really heard about schools getting upset about students posts. It is probably because it does not really happen here.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Brandi’s parents believed that the school was in the wrong for doing so since it violated her first amendment, ” I think this is interesting because I did not think of the school doing is this as an act of violation to the students first amendment. I think we as students should be more educated about our rights. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like how you also added your opinion and thoughts about the topic. I hope to see more posts about teens and their amendments/rights
Jocelyn Martinez

Sayra
March 7, 2022 5:44 pm

Dear Valarie,
This post is interesting. We chose what to post online because it is our social media page so the fact that the school is looking at students’ social media accounts is not right. I believe that schools should not get involved with students’ lives like that even if a post is about the school.

This part stood out to me “ Brandi’s parents believed that the school was in the wrong for doing so since it violated her first amendment, it was off-campus when she published it and the school isn’t in the place for them to tell her what she can and can’t post” because limiting what students should post on social media is wrong. If she were to physically harm the school then the school has every right to punish her but otherwise, they don’t have that right.

March 3, 2022 11:12 pm

Dear Valarie,
Your post was very interesting. I think schools shouldn’t be caring about what we post.
One sentence that stood out to me is when you said Brandi’s parents said that the school was violating her privacy. This stood out to me because the school shouldn’t be worrying about what she posts even if it’s about them.

March 2, 2022 4:34 am

Dear Valarie, I am surprised by your post, “Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts?” because you talk about the importance of ones amendment right. I think this is important because it is an issue that can affect people’s lives and it should not be violated. One sentence that stands out to me is, “Brandi’s parents believed that the school was in the wrong for doing so since it violated her first amendment, it was off-campus when she published it and the school isn’t in the place for them to tell her what she can and can’t post.” I think this is important because an amendment shouldn’t be violated. And I also can agree a little bit that she shouldn’t be violated because it was off campus and wasn’t in school at the time.

I look forward to your writing because it is surprising how such things can happen.

Erika

March 1, 2022 2:42 am

I am impressed by your post “Should Schools Be Allowed to Control Social Media Post” because it’s crazy that they got her in trouble for posting her opinions on the school. As long as she wasn’t threatening anyone she should be allowed to say what she wants.

One sentence that stands out to me, is “schools shouldn’t also get someone in trouble for expressing their opinion when it doesn’t cause anyone harm”. It is shocking that schools can get away with this without a care in the world.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing you write again because that was a very unique story. You shed some light on a story that had not gotten out yet which is amazing.

February 28, 2022 4:52 pm

I am impressed by your post “Should Schools Be Allowed to Control Social Media Post” because it’s impressive how they got her in trouble for speaking out. I think it’s impressive that the school was controlling her and may be with other students.
One sentence that stands out to me, is “Brandi’s parents believed that the school was in the wrong for doing so since it violated her first amendment”. I think this is incredible because it violates the first amendment right.
Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing you write again because what is not in school should not be getting in trouble. It is a dumb thing to get in trouble by.
Neftaly

Jonathan
February 27, 2022 2:56 am

Hey, I caught eye on your post regarding schools should regulate of what student’s post on social media. And how Levy’s private right was constitutionally violated from school’s intervene of her post that led to her being punished. I disagree on both the school and Levy because schools shouldn’t be able to control or monitor someone’s private social media, and Levy made a rash decision to bad mouth the school because she couldn’t qualify for the cheerleading team.

I get of where you are trying to say about how “schools should have somewhat of a say in what they are allowed to post. For example, they can get involved with something if it deals with hate speech, bullying, threats, and so on.” I believe it is the student’s or her friend’s job to get involved of those situations and can even warn the school about it.

I like how the post is relating to the first amendment of the U.S Constitution.

February 26, 2022 7:55 am

Dear Valarie,
Your post was very eye-opening and very interesting. I still believe schools shouldn’t be caring about what we post. I think this because this is our privacy and they shouldn’t be involved in what we post in our free time. Even though some students talk about school on their social media I still don’t think school should take it personally and make it a big deal.
One sentence that stood out to me is when you said Brandi’s parents said that the school was violating her privacy. This stood out to me because the school shouldn’t be worrying about what she posts even if it’s about them.
Your post was interesting and I’m hoping to read more of what you post.

February 24, 2022 5:54 am

Dear, Valarie, Your discussion post about free speech on social media has piqued my interest. Mostly because I wrote on the same subject, and it’s always interesting to see someone take on the same issue but from a different perspective. You made numerous excellent comments that made the reading more intriguing and entertaining. 

One remark, in particular, stood out to me: “Thanks for writing! I look forward to seeing what you post next, due to how well you articulate yourself. Not to mention how interesting you take on certain topics.” I like your ability to see all sides of an argument.

Thanks for writing! I look forward to seeing what you post next, due to how well you articulate yourself. Not to mention how interesting you take on certain topics.

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