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Can a public school in the USA force a 14yr old to create a Twitter account for a passing grade?

You say: the school expects him to create a public Twitter account, with his real information, in order to promote the program & the results of the program. This is a cut-and-dried case of ...
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A student slipped a drug into my coffee — what are the legal ramifications of this situation?

If the pill contained a harmful or noxious substance, this is battery, which is a crime in Lousiana ("the intentional administration of a poison or other noxious liquid or substance to another"). ...
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A student slipped a drug into my coffee — what are the legal ramifications of this situation?

I told the school resource officer that I wanted to file charges against her and he said all she'll get is a "citation" because it isn't actually "criminal". The school resource officer should be ...
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Can a public school in the USA force a 14yr old to create a Twitter account for a passing grade?

I think some of the answers are good but taking a long approach. Much easier approach: Student: "I can't do the assignment." Teacher: "Why?" Student: "Twitter won't let me sign-up" Teacher: "...
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US: Is there any subject that it is unlawful to teach in schools?

A teacher could not instruct students in how to build explosives for use in Federal crimes: It shall be unlawful for any person to teach or demonstrate the making or use of an explosive, a ...
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is it illegal to falsely use an unrelated act to block/ban things?

No it is not illegal A school can ban or block online content from its own computers or connections as its administrators or teachers think proper, and does not need any law that authorizes or ...
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Can a public school in the USA force a 14yr old to create a Twitter account for a passing grade?

I would suggest reaching out to the ACLU in addition to the EFF on the matter as the school could be in violation of multiple constitutional rights by compelling the student's participation on Twitter....
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Can a university make rules about students' lives outside campus?

With respect to disciplining its students and employees, a private school can basically do whatever it wants. There's more freedom to do so with respect to students than with employees, who have ...
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A student slipped a drug into my coffee — what are the legal ramifications of this situation?

Edit 11/13/2018 Yes, I'm aware this answer does not address "what are the legal ramifications"; it is rather an overview of what the OP should consider doing in order to protect her case and herself ...
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US: Is there any subject that it is unlawful to teach in schools?

In 1925 Tennessee passed the Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of evolution in public schools, more specifically the teaching that "mankind was descended from a lower type". This law ...
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A student slipped a drug into my coffee — what are the legal ramifications of this situation?

Whether you choose to press charges is up to you, and not to the school. If you do though, make sure you have copies of all evidence relating to the school investigation and the student's suspension, ...
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What can happen if you violate a cease and desist letter?

A cease and desist letter is basically a formal way of them saying, "stop what you are doing, and please don't do it again." It is not proof of tortious conduct by you, nor is it proof of illegal ...
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Could a high school teacher require their students to register to vote in New York?

According to New York law ELN § 17-142: Except as allowed by law, any person who directly or indirectly, by himself or through any other person: 1. Pays, lends or contributes, or offers or promises ...
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Can you take action against a miserable pass-rate of an exam?

No, the result of an exam is not actionable. The court could only make a decision whether legal proceedings were met. However, the grader’s decision whether a particular answer (and thus the overall ...
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Could the federal government mandate state universities to not discriminate against out-of-state students?

Such a law could probably be passed under the authority of the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution. Price controls on various products have previously been justified under that clause.
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A student slipped a drug into my coffee — what are the legal ramifications of this situation?

I think the other answers are off-base to the extent that they assume that what the student put in your drink is "noxious," "harmful," or "poison." As you describe it, ...
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Discrimination arguments against the Ministry of Education that imposes an ethnicity to pupil

If Tratatoria has anti-discrimination laws, or provisions in its constitution forbidding discrimination, the Minister's actions might be illegal under them. But if it does not, or if it does not ...
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US: Is there any subject that it is unlawful to teach in schools?

Just from recent news I know that Critical Race Theory Critical race theory (CRT) is a body of legal scholarship and an academic movement of US civil-rights scholars and activists who seek to ...
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Is it legal to swear at school?

The First Amendment is absolutely relevant to the question (in a public school which is subject to the First Amendment, because it is a governmental entity), although it isn't the end of the story. ...
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Student Rights In India

Education in India falls under the concurrent list -- i.e. both state and union laws apply. However, there do not appear to be any codified "student rights". The relevant national body for "technical ...
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Can a public school in the USA force a 14yr old to create a Twitter account for a passing grade?

This will be a very likely legal victory, but a potentially hard legal path. This is wrong for a bunch of factors. The downside is there's a lot of interesting legal exploration to do here, and some &...
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What can happen if you violate a cease and desist letter?

I'm not going to risk being charged with harassment, involuntarily committed (can they do that if I'm not a danger to myself/others?) or any other serious consequences. That's not even a worry. But ...
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Are universities legally allowed to adjust, or deny private loans?

Student loans work very differently than any other ordinary loan you could take out. They have explicit restrictions that limit what kinds of things you can use them for, including your tuition, books ...
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Is it legal to walk out of school, unexcused in Colorado

One of the relevant cases is Tinker vs. Des Moines. In it, students wore black armbands in protest, and were suspended from school unless they agreed to remove the armbands. Because their protest ...
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Is it legal to force a atheist student to read a prayer in a Church of England UK academy?

Although an academy is state-funded, it is not the government, so limitations on what a government is allowed to do are not applicable, and anyway there is no First Amendment separation of church and ...
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is it illegal to falsely use an unrelated act to block/ban things?

Schools can generally ban whatever they want, but there are some restrictions. The first principle is that public schools have less freedom to ban things compared to private schools: arms of the ...
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Is it legal to create a fake google certificate and distribute it en masse?

This is more than a comment (too long), but not a definitive answer (since I am unfamiliar with the laws regarding this kind of thing). Please forgive me. First, there are some technical ...
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Can a school punish you for appearing in court?

The answer is a clear maybe. The school has a set of rules and by not attending you have broken those rules. The rules may (probably do) allow for consideration of extenuating circumstances but, in ...
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What regulations govern suspension of students?

General Resource: the U.S. Department of Education puts out a nice compendium of the various state laws. Below are my jurisdictions. Illinois: (105 ILCS 5/10-22.6) In brief, school administrators ...
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School tricking/forcing students to create content for school's website

I'm pretty sure in France you have moral rights and copyrights. I am writing from New Zealand, but we have some similar intellectual property laws due to being member countries of the World ...
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