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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does art. 12(1) of the German Basic Law require students to be automatically graduated regardless of grades?

No What it means is that no German can be forced by the government into a job, education or place of work. So for example, the Government cannot come and say "we are short on railroad workers, ...
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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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Is handing out bibles near school property a 1st amendment violation?

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution does not prohibit people with no affiliation with the government from trying to convert people to their religion in a ...
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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 ...
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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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Does art. 12(1) of the German Basic Law require students to be automatically graduated regardless of grades?

I don't think it can be interpreted that way, particularly due to the second sentence in your quote: The practice of an occupation or profession may be regulated by a law. And such laws (or at least ...
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Is an umbrella school a "high school"?

Without knowing the specifics on Florida Goverment's regulations, the term Umbrella School is used to designate school like organizations that over see multiple homeschoolers and that they are meeting ...
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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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Do US public school students have a First Amendment right to be able to perform sacred music?

This question mixes up two separate although related issues: Does a student have a first amendment right to perform "sacred" music during school time? Is a public school allowed to include ...
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Is an umbrella school a "high school"?

It is asking me whether I am "currently enrolled in high school" and I am not sure what that would entail. I am currently being homeschooled under an umbrella school called "Florida ...
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Why does a highschooler (in the US) who has turned 18 still need to have liability waivers signed by parents?

There is no legal need for this to be done (and arguably, a waiver signed by a parent and not by an eighteen year old student in addition or instead, is not even a legally valid waiver). But the "...
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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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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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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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Do US public school students have a First Amendment right to be able to perform sacred music?

There has not been a concrete SCOTUS ruling on this issue, but it is highly likely that SCOTUS would find such a restriction unconstitutional. Kennedy v. Bremerton School District was recently decided,...
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Is handing out bibles near school property a 1st amendment violation?

"Given that this guy wasn't an employee of the school, and wasn't in the school itself" why would there be a First Amendment violation?? What part of this situation even vaguely looks like &...
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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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