Free Speech Online, After Littleton

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In the wake of the tragedy last month in Colorado, students are finding themselves watched more closely than ever, and nowhere is that scrutiny more oppressive than online. Now the ACLU has announced that it will represent a group of students from an Ohio high school who were suspended and threatened with expulsion for creating a Goth-themed Web site.

The eleven teenagers who maintained the site are students at Field High School in a small town called Brimfield. According to an Associated Press report, their web site was "filled with images of dragons and castles and dark poetry," and it referred to the Littleton massacre explicitly, although hardly in positive terms: "I wonder how long it'll be before we're allowed to wear our trenchcoats anymore. You know those screwed up kids in Colorado were wearing them, so that means I will also kill someone, and so will all my friends." MORE >>