Carries into New School Year
BURLINGTON, Conn. (AP)_ A senior at Lewis Mills High School has begun the new school year with a lingering controversy over free speech for her negative comments about school administrators on the Internet.
Avery Doninger, 17, returned to school Tuesday, just days after a federal judge ruled she was outside her legal bounds when she used derogatory language to describe the administrators.
New Haven U.S. District Judge Mark R. Kravitz issued his ruling Friday, upholding the school administration's decision to punish Doninger for a blog entry she made outside of school in April.
The girl's mother had filed the lawsuit against the school, claiming her daughter's freedom of speech rights had been compromised.
``We will appeal,'' Lauren Doninger said Tuesday. ``It is a tremendously dangerous precedent. She is a good kid who didn't threaten, or cause a disruption. This is all about language, and it means that anything said or written outside of school can be censored.''