October 22, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a northern Nevada high school's decision to expel a former student who made threats of violence against his classmates through social media postings five years ago.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week Landon Wynar's threat to massacre classmates at Douglas High School were not a protected form of free speech.
Wynar was a 16-year-old sophomore when he was arrested in 2008 after students reported his comments in messages on MySpace. He filed a lawsuit in 2009 claiming the school board had no authority to suspend him for things done off school property.
The Nevada Appeal reports the appellate court upheld the suspension partly because his comments evoking images of the slayings at Virginia Tech presented a clear danger to others.