Court forces school to change conduct code





OHIO -- What began as a battle over a student's right to view his Web page at school has resulted in a ruling that the conduct code at North Canton City Schools is unconstitutional.

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\n Jonathan Coy was suspended for five days from North Canton Middle School in 2001 for viewing ''lewd and obscene material'' on his skateboarding Web site during school hours.

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\n In April 2002, a federal trial court found that a section of the school district's conduct code was ''constitutionally invalid on its face'' because it was too vague.

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\n The passage stated, ''Any action or behavior judged by school officials to be inappropriate and not specifically mentioned in other sections shall be in violation of the Student Conduct Code.''

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\n The school district has since altered the code to read, ''Students will not be punished or limited in their lawful right to express themselves on-campus or off-campus in a manner that is protected by the First Amendment.''


case: Coy ex rel. Coy v. Bd. of Education of North Canton City Schools, 205 F.Supp.2d 791 (N.D. Ohio 2002)


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