Teacher Loses Defamation Lawsuit Against Student Journalist
from the quite-the-lesson dept
One of the points of a student newspaper is to teach kids about journalism, and it looks like one student at Churchill High School in Nevada got quite the lesson when the school’s music teacher sued the student for defamation, after an article that was critical of the music teacher was published. Thankfully, a judge has dismissed the lawsuit, noting that “nothing written by the student was false, defamatory or negligent.” Many people seem to feel that anything they don’t like that’s published about them must be defamation, but that’s not how it works. Even so, it seems pretty extreme for a teacher to go so far as to file a lawsuit against a student journalist. Nice to see that this lawsuit went nowhere fast.