Author: Brooke Logsdon, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review
Taylor Bell, a high school senior, created a rap song regarding allegations that coaches sexually harassed Bell’s classmates. Hoping to raise awareness to the issue, Bell posted his rap on Facebook, where it made its way to the school community. The rap identified the coaches, and contained the lyric, “You fucking with the wrong one, going to get a pistol down your mouth.” Upon hearing about the rap, the school district suspended Bell for threatening a teacher—a “severe disruption” under school policy. After a disciplinary hearing, the school suspended Bell for seven days and placed him in an alternative school for the remainder of the grading period.
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