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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 it legal to enter school from my garden?

In general, permission is not granted to enter the premises of another by climbing a fence unless it is explicitly granted. That the fence is on your property, but adjacent to the school's property, ...
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Who is eligible to attend US public high schools?

Public schools are open to all residents. There is no citizenship requirement and no "tax payer" requirement. Unless excepted for home schooling or attending a recognized private school, in most ...
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Is it legal for a private school to make COVID testing mandatory?

First of all, even if it is not allowed to test them, you can also refuse to service someone untested - and that is not illegal discrimination, as "untested for COVID 19" is not a protected ...
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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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Can a school control an independent student newspaper

Students too have freedom of information and expression. The school has no right to interfere with the student's activities outside of school. But is this activity outside of school? If the newspaper ...
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My Canadaian university denied my religious vaccine exemption request, what type of lawyer do I speak to?

Canadian lawyers who handle this kind of matter usually describe themselves as "human rights" and/or "discrimination" lawyers. No formal regulatory specialty is recognized or ...
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Is it legal for parents in Iowa not to allow 16 year old to attend high school

The child does not have a legal right to determine how Iowa's compulsory education law is obeyed. The first section of the law says that the custodian of a child who is of compulsory attendance age ...
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Can a private school refuse admission despite the student having the requisite cut-off?

It is entirely legal. The school has no obligation to admit any particular student unless there is an alumnus preference clause in their admission agreements.
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Can a private school refuse admission despite the student having the requisite cut-off?

This sucks. It is also legal. It's a private school, they can admit who they like (provided they don't discriminate on the grounds of protected characteristics like "religion" or "caste").
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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 have personal experience dealing with something similar. What I found was that the school district has policies, which are usually drafted from a boiler plate (which often originates from a ...
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Can a School Keep a Child from their Parents, as a byproduct of discipline? (USA)

new-south-wales Almost certainly a school can enforce detention as part of discipline Government schools The Education Act 1990 at s35 gives the Minister power to discipline students and the power ...
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Are Texas schools required to display posters with an Arabic translation of "In God We Trust"?

Are Texas schools required to display posters with an Arabic translation of "In God We Trust"? No. The activist (Chaz Stevens?) not only misses the legislative intent behind the motto, but ...
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Is a school in loco parentis when students are outside of school?

Anyone has a right to report illegal activities that it is aware of to the authorities. This is in fact where 99.9% of police investigations start. In addition, students of a school (or, more ...
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Could the teacher be liable if a student stole a chemical thinking it was dangerous?

The main source of liability would be "for injuries caused by the act 'of things that he has under his guard'" (this article). As stated in Art. 1383. of the 1804 Civil Code, "Everyone is liable for ...
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Can a public school in the USA force a 14yr old to create a Twitter account for a passing grade?

A school district can have a policy requiring students to sign up for computer accounts of some ilk. There is no constitutional right to be free of Twitter. Schools have broad latitude to require ...
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Who in NH can legally bear weapons near school?

New Hampshire is a "constitutional carry" state. The term "constitutional carry" is not a legal term but, rather, a catchphrase used to describe states that have adopted, either by statute or state ...
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