A creative-writing story about an angry student who beheaded his teacher with a machete was not a true threat of violence, but instead a form of speech protected by the First Amendment, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled last month.

But in another case decided the same day, the court ruled that a student's statement that he planned to "do something similar" to the 1999 shootings at Colorado's Columbine High School was an illegal threat that warranted


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