Schools Requiring Facebook Passwords from Students

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Schools Requiring Facebook Passwords from Students
Numerous students around the country have had their personal information violated by their own school system. Should schools have the right to violate first and fourth amendment rights by requesting access of students’ Facebook accounts? The position that is being taken is no, it is against the first and fourth amendment rights for schools to access students’ Facebook accounts. The different views of this argument include the schools system’s side and the students’ side. Students believe that they are entitled to first and fourth amendment rights within the school. The school is violating the first and fourth amendments by requiring a Facebook password from the student in many cases. For example, a student is in trouble when writing on their profile and their opinion doesn’t match what the school views as appropriate. The school would then then punish the student and also require that the student provides a facebook password to access their personal account. The school’s side, which includes the faculty, principal and school administration, believes that students do not have full first and fourth amendment rights when on school property. A student then loses the rights associated with freedom of speech, press, assembly, and search and seizure in many cases. An examination of recent court cases and articles that contribute to the argument will be mentioned, including surveys and interviews of a sample of the student population at Eastern Michigan University to provide arguments and counterarguments that indicate that schools violate the first and fourth amendment when schools request access of students’ Facebook accounts. Schools violate a student’s first amendment rights by accessing their personal accounts. The first amendment is the right to freedom of speech, press, and assembly, and this is…...

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