The First Amendment Also Protects Stupid Speech

This link leads to a story about a Wisconsin teacher who made a tongue-in-check (albeit insensitive, cruel, and short-sighted) post on a blog.  It landed him in jail.

Police Capt. Toby Netko defended the arrest. He said the teacher who complained was disturbed by the reference to “one shot at a time” and other educators agreed it was a threat. “What happens when you say bomb in an airport? That’s free speech, isn’t it?” he said. “And people are taken into custody for that all the time.”

Interesting twist of logic there, Cap’n.  Except I’m not sure it’s particularly logical.  Saying ‘bomb’ in an airport is obvious different from saying “bomb” on a blog post.


PS. Bomb

PPS. You’ll get my pen went you pry it out of my cold, dead hands.

PPPS. I wonder if they have The Last Book in the Universe in the prison library?

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4 Responses to The First Amendment Also Protects Stupid Speech

  1. davidlubar says:


    (Biggest bomb I could think up at the moment.)


  2. thunderchikin says:

    The crab hat is a close second.


  3. laurenem6 says:

    Thank you so much for posting this article! I’m going to use it for my presentation topic in School Law. Before this, I couldn’t think of anything, but this is perfect!


  4. kellyrfineman says:

    I’m not a bumpersticker owner, but I saw one yesterday that made me say “hell yeah!” It read Dissent is the strongest act of patriotism.



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