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Mark Cheramie Walz Interviewed on Smart Talk Radio on the Topic of Students and Social Media

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Mark Cheramie Walz was interviewed this week on WITF's "Smart Talk" radio program on a recent ruling that said a student could be punished for comments made outside of school on social media.

Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment. Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3, and online at

In the ruling on R.L. v. Central York School District, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania indicated that a school was justified for suspending a student for a Facebook post made outside of school, because the comment was found to be a disruption to school activities.

On the program, Mark discusses a number of issues, including:

  • How this ruling is the opposite of rulings in recent years, which have said you can’t regulate speech made by kids out of school
  • The difference between a student’s claim to free speech and a perceived threat
  • The possible future effect this has on student discipline for similiar occurrances, and also on cyberbullying, something schools have grappled with for years

To listen to Mark's interview, click here:

To hear listener questions for Mark following the interview, click here: