A Tullahoma High School student is suing his school. The student was suspended for posting memes of his principal on Instagram, and he says that suspension violates his First Amendment right. The student wants his record cleared.
The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression filed the complaint last week. The suit names Tullahoma City Schools, former Principal Jason Quick, and the assistant principal Derrick Crutchfield.
Communications Specialist Zach Birdsong said the district “does not comment on pending litigation,” but On Target News discovered the following in the student handbook:
Any student who records and/or disseminates in any manner an unauthorized or misrepresented photograph, video, or recording for the purpose of embarrassing, demeaning, or discrediting the reputation of any student or staff or that results in the embarrassment, demeaning, or discrediting of any student or staff, or results in any action or activity disruptive to the educational process shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion at the discretion of the principal.
No court date has been set at this time.