Are death threats protected speech?

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    Student posts threat against teacher on Facebook - Florida AP - MiamiHerald.com
     
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    Nope.
     
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    Dibs the 'men in black' would impose a visit if that kid claimed he wanted to off Obama
     
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    It is if you're a member of a protected class.
     
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    When I receive a death threat, I find the person who wrote it and kill them.

    That way, I am safe.
     
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    We had this discussion last week about how the Courts have pretty much given students "carte blanche" when it comes to facebook and other social networking sites. A teacher friend of mine just found out that some students created a fake facebook page for him. It was fairly benign, but someone was pretending to be him. The school wants nothing to do with disciplining the kids involved. It's brand new territory. Reputations can be destroyed and in this case, someones safety can be jeopardized. And its the same people who advocate children's free speech rights that say "hey they're just kids" You can't have it both ways.
     
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    well then, would'nt this be slanderous ?
     
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    We never get the whole story of course. Perhaps the "kill" comment was made "in jest" and the teacher didn't want to press charges. Who knows?

    But I think that "unlimited free speech" advocates don't understand that children need to be taught that just because you have the right to say something, doesn't make it right. Too few consequences in that regard IMHO. The civil rights extremists are tying the hands of school officials and the juvenile court system - and doing a disservice to the kids themselves.
     
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    Action and consequence. Kids have to learn that with rights come responsibilities. Threaten to kill someone, and there should be consequences.
     
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    Racist speech is a suspendable offense in most schools. In NJ, students suspended for this offense are rewarded with a "vacation" replete with a private home instructor, so they don't "fail" because they are missing school. Some jerkoffs have learned that this is a pretty fun and easy way to get through high school. Surprise surprise. Permissive parenting, ambulance chasing lawyers, and bleeding hearts undermining the authority of the teachers are destroying our educational system. For what reason do I ask?
     

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