A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has overturned the State College Area School District's anti-harassment policy, saying the policy violates the free-speech rights of students.

The Feb. 14 unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could force hundreds of school districts to reassess their own policies to ensure they comply with the ruling.

The court, whose rulings are binding over federal judges in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Virgin Islands, ruled that the school district went too far when it...

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