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Federal appellate judges wrestling with whether school leaders can discipline their students for internet speech posted outside of school reached different rulings in two Pennsylvania cases on Feb. 4, further clouding an already murky area of the law.

One 3rd U.S. Circuit Court panel upheld the suspension of a Schuylkill County, Pa., eighth-grader who posted sexually explicit material along with her principal’s photograph on a fake MySpace page.

However, a different...

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