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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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How do I anonymously report the Establishment Clause being broken?

Contact the local affiliate of the ACLU: Affiliates | American Civil Liberties Union. They have a long history of protecting schools and public institutions from religious influences. They will be ...
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Is the bus driver forced to break a law when allocated more students than the maximum capacity of the bus?

I realize that as kids need to go home, the bus driver needs to drive despite the conditions of the bus Not really. The driver should refuse to drive the bus with too many passengers. If that were ...
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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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Is the bus driver forced to break a law when allocated more students than the maximum capacity of the bus?

I realize that as kids need to go home, the bus driver needs to drive despite the conditions of the bus (also, to keep their job I presume) and so it isn't their fault, however I'm curious if in the ...
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Is harmlessly appearing to be a school bus driver a crime?

Setting aside kidnapping, child-endangerment, etc., there are a host of laws requiring the bus and the driver to have special licenses (ie, a commercial drivers license), inspections (including a ...
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How do I anonymously report the Establishment Clause being broken?

The ACLU is an excellent choice. Let me also recommend the Freedom from Religion Foundation. They handle these outrages on a regular basis.
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Can teachers search our dorms without our explicit consent if they have "suspicion"?

A private school in the US is not bound by the 4th Amendment requirement for searches to be "reasonable", just as parents do not need a search warrant to search your room. Instead, ...
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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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High School forced labor for grades?

Various elements could be legal, or not. For example, it is legal to require students to do things in order to pass a class. It is legal to require a student to write a program for a course (entirely, ...
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Is it cruel and unusual punishment for animal control to remove a student from a school?

The bill is rather vague, but not very long, so I'll first describe the sorts of "behavior" that I think the law applies to, and then go through the relevant Constitutional issues. TL;DR: I ...
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Is harmlessly appearing to be a school bus driver a crime?

In Washington, it would be unlawful imprisonment but not kidnapping. To kidnap, one must abduct, which means to restrain a person by either (a) secreting or holding him or her in a place where ...
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Can teachers search our dorms without our explicit consent if they have "suspicion"?

in some cases underwear and other things were missing. This is a bigger problem than merely entering dorms. Theft is unambiguously a crime. Additionally, theft of underwear, especially from underage ...
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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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Is it cruel and unusual punishment for animal control to remove a student from a school?

The Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment only deals with criminal punishment. See Ingraham v. Wright, 430 U.S. 651, 666–68 (1977). It would not be applicable to the ...
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Do school zone knife exclusions violate the 14th Amendment?

School administrators have the right to try to express the law in seemingly simpler language, but they do not have the right to enforce their misstatements of the law. The law of Louisiana does not ...
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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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Who has ultimate responsibility for a child who forged their permission slip and is then injured on a school trip?

So many things were not addressed, so a precise answer is not possible. But to try to raise the proper questions you should be thinking about: Should the school have known the permission slip was ...
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How much authority do teachers get from *In Loco Parentis*?

The school can confiscate a cell phone if you violated phone usage policy, because schools have broad powers to set student conduct policies. Searching the phone is a separate matter: a search ...
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Is harmlessly appearing to be a school bus driver a crime?

Possession of a school bus for improper purpose Since you've said "pick your jurisdiction", here. Florida 316.72 makes it a misdemeanor to merely possess such a school bus. Awkwardly, the statute ...
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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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Restraint classed as assault after suspecting unconsented photo

You acted illegally in assaulting your fellow student. When you are in public, a person can legally take your picture, and you are not allowed to assault a person because you do not like their legal ...
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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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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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Can my school force me to use applications or a school-issued computer if I do not agree with the terms of use for that application?

You're under 18, so you're viewed as a minor under the law, and as such, you can't agree to and sign legally binding contracts. The TOS for the applications are agreed to by your parents by default, ...
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How do I anonymously report the Establishment Clause being broken?

I would recommend contacting Americans United for Separation of Church and State. If you check their website, you can see their mission: Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a ...
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Where is the £60 fine for school absence legislated?

The original level of the fines was set in regulation 4 of the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007. This was then amended by regulation 2 of the Education (Penalty Notices) (England)...
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Do students have First Amendment rights at a private university?

Only in California. The First Amendment provides a student essentially no protection from discipline by a private university. Manhattan Cmty. Access Corp. v. Halleck, 139 S. Ct. 1921, 1928 (2019) (&...
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