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Court sidesteps Connecticut student speech case

October 31, 2011

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WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court is refusing to disturb a court ruling that Connecticut school officials acted reasonably in disciplining a student for an Internet posting she wrote outside of school.

The justices on Monday turned down an appeal from Avery Doninger, who was a high school junior in Burlington, Conn., when she took to the Internet to criticize administrators for canceling a popular school activity.

Doninger sued school officials after they punished her by preventing her from serving as class secretary as a senior.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York sided with the school officials.