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Homework assignment #4 is to read one of the two articles and 1) summarize the article, and 2) Write a 3 sentence reaction to it.

The two articles discuss freedom of speech in two differing situations. Here are the two articles:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2009/1215/Berlusconi-aides-blame-Facebook-internet-after-attack

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091214/NEWS01/912140342/Court-says-cyber-bullies-still-have-freedom-of-speech

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  1. Robert A.
    January 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    1) This article is about a italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was attacked and left with a broken nose and two fractured teeth. Berlusconi took the mater calmly and said “Love always triumphs over envy and hate.” But Minister Roberto Maroni believes something else. He believes that Berlusconis assault was due to social networking.
    2) In a way i do think freedom of speech should be limited because people put to much information about themselves, for example facebook. People can find out many aspects of your life if you choose to put up the information such as what school you attend or where you work.

  2. Chabely A.
    January 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    1) This article is about an eighth grade girl that got bullied in school. This girl was called names by other students and it was recorded and put in youtube and she went to school complaining to one of the staffs.the girl told her councelor because the girl didnt want to go to class because she felt offended, her cauncelor took it to the principal and this girls argued that they took it to far since they ha the right to say what ever they wanted to since is her freedom of speech ans press.
    2)i think no body has the right to put other peoples thinks out to the world they have no right to do that.

  3. January 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2009/1215/Berlusconi-aides-blame-Facebook-internet-after-attack

    1) this article is on the attack of the prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi attacked by Massimo Tartaglia, a 42 year old man with a psychiatric history. they blame his attack opn the freedom of speech thats allowed on networking sites such as twitter and facebook.
    2) i believe that freedom of speech should be limited. if it comes to a piont where a prime minister of a country is being threatened and abused we should then limit our speech on the networking websites.

  4. sebastian espinal
    January 11, 2010 at 12:11 am

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2009/1215/Berlusconi-aides-blame-Facebook-internet-after-attack
    This article is about the attack on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that left him with a broken nose and some broken teeth. He is trying to blame the internet for this and compared it to people who denied the holocaust. What he is trying to do is control the internet since this is one of the few things that he doesn’t contorl. This is an outrage because he just doesn’t want to get caught doing bad things. If people allow this he will have total control and no one will know where to draw the line. I feel like he has no right to try to control the internet because the normal people have rights to.

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  6. Jessica R.
    January 9, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091214/NEWS01/912140342/Court-says-cyber-bullies-still-have-freedom-of-speech

    1) This article is about cyber bullies . A Young lady in the eighth grade went up to her counselor and told her they put up a youtube video bad mouthing her. The counselor took it to higher authority and they student who put the video up was suspended.
    2) My reaction to this article is that the student that got suspended shouldn’t complain. she should just assume her responsibilities and know that, that is wrong. Yes, we have freedom of speech but to a certain extent. The amendment does say freedom of speech, press and religion not of cyber space. So i believe that can be argued.

  7. Ismael S
    January 8, 2010 at 12:31 am

    1) This is about a 8th grade girl that didnt get along with this other girl so she posted negative things about her on YouTube They said things like calling her spoiled, a brat and a slut. The girl was very upset and she decided to tell her counselor. Her counselor then told the vice principal and principal. Then the school decided to take it to the court. The court went against them and won the case because it was her freedom of speech that is the first amendment.

  8. Saleda A.
    January 7, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    -The article is about an 8th grade girl in LA becoming victimized by her school peers through cyber space. She was upset and felt humiliated to the point where she had to cut school because of the nasty insults spreading around. In response to this, the school authorities suspended the offender, who in response had sued for their own freedom of speech being violated.
    –I agree with Judge Wilson in that, yes teenagers are more “emotionally fragile,” and to take this issue to court, when school officials can’t completely uphold their disciplines is silly. But I do believe the school’s direction in its resolution was proper, in that if an offended student reports to school officials of his/her abuse, they should rightly push some substantial discipline for the offense. After all, the cyber-bully acted on an irresponsible usage of her rights when infringing on the victim’s.

  9. Jonathan H.
    January 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    1) This article is about an eighth grade girl in May 2008. Some teenagers who didn’t like her posted videos on YouTube about her and said mean things and hurt her feelings. They said things like calling her spoiled, a brat and a slut. The girl was crying and she decided to tell her counselor. Her counselor then told the vice principal and principal. Then the school decided to take it to the next level and take it to the court. The court went against them and won the case because they said it was the freedom of speech that is the first amendment.
    2) My reaction to this article is the teenage girls shouldn’t be doing that to the eighth grade girl because it’s harm for the eighth grade girl. If anyone see’s that video it can harm the eighth grader or the teenagers because strangers could see her and the school was talking about the eighth grade girl. I think it was not nice for the teenagers to post things on YouTube. People should always think before they do anything, because if it happened to those teenagers they would re act the same way the eighth grader is acting.

  10. Paola Llanos
    January 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    1)I read both articles and thought they were very interesting.The one i liked the most was about the attack against Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi,which had left him with a broken nose and two fractured teeth.Members of the prime minister’s governing coalition are blaming Sunday’s attack, on social networking sites.They also are looking to limit the freedom of expression in websites.Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said he is considering to blame the attack on a “campaign of hatred”.
    2)My reaction towards this article is that as the law states eveyone has the right to the freedom of expression.But i also belive people should not take this law and use it to form groups that could harm other people.Its good to fight against your believes but its not the law to use violence to express them.

  11. Jennifer C
    January 4, 2010 at 1:14 am

    i read the article of the 8yr old girl that got bullied in school. This girl was called names by other students and it was recorded and put in youtube and she went to school complaining to one of the staffs. This problem went into court and the US district said the school went too far with the problem but either way the girl has freedom of speech due to the first amendment so she has the right to speak up if theres a problem. in my opinion i disagree with the US district because it is true that we have freedom of speech. I was very surprised to see this happen with 8yr olds that is more of a teen problem. It was a good decision of the school to bring it into court because that has to change.

  12. stephanie G
    December 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Am going to use: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091214/NEWS01/912140342/Court-says-cyber-bullies-still-have-freedom-of-speech

    Court say cyber-bully still have the freedom of speech in the first amendment.
    In May of 2008 a eighth grade student walk in the princple office crying because a student from the school put in youtube many type of stuff about her. Concerns over cyber-bullying, and even calls for criminalization, some courts, parents and free speech advocates are pushing back students, they say, have a First Amendment right to be nasty in cyberspace. Free speech advocates said the notoriety of recent, highly publicized cases, such as the Missouri girl who committed suicide after a mean-spirited MySpace message, have led to schools overreacting and excessively cracking down on student expression when it comes to the Internet.

  13. Olga R
    December 18, 2009 at 12:14 am

    According to the article the eight year girl has been bullyed by other students calling her a slut and spoil brat the girl told her councelor because the girl didnt want to go to class because she felt offended, her cauncelor took it to the principal and this girls argued that they took it to far since they ha the right to say what ever they wanted to since is her freedom of speech ans press. In my opinion I think that the girl was right because they had the righ to say what she said with no problem and I understand that at that age girls are very sensitive and they get offended really easily and is not only at that age but at any age. I also think that theres not a way of people not getting offended for any comment so even though is offensive you still have the right and you dont need to agree with people’s comments.

  14. Sandra Ll
    December 17, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091214/NEWS01/912140342/Court-says-cyber-bullies-still-have-freedom-of-speech

    On May of 2008 in LOS ANGLES a 8th grader went to school crying saying that a bunch of kids in school were bulling her because of a video that was posted YOU TUBE in which a group of kid of her same grade were bad mouthing her calling her spoiled,brat,and also calling her a slut. the girl was telling Janice hart a staff of her school . she told her that ever since that day everything on keep sending messages and bothering her about what the video.Janice took this case to vice principle and the principle and they talked to the district administrator and talked with there lawyers. they gave others to the school officals to suspend the girls who were responsible of the “cyber-bullying”for two days.in the end the girl who got suspended said that her rights of freedon of speech were violated and took the case to court the court sided with her because the school went to far.”juge stephen V. Wilson wrote that suspend a student simply because another student takes offense to their speech, without any evidence that such speech caused a substantial disruption of the school’s activities.

    -i think that the school did go to far because they should had made a full investigation about the case and interrogated the students and asking them why they did what they did and its true a lot of kids end up fighting only because of words that seem to offend them.

  15. Danelly R.
    December 17, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091214/NEWS01/912140342/Court-says-cyber-bullies-still-have-freedom-of-speech

    This article was about an eighth grade girl from a Berverly middle school who was very upset about other girls posting a video on youtube calling her foul names for it can be seen by everyone in the school. She immidiately went crying to the couselor, told her the problem that was going on. The whole problem was took to the federal court saying her free speech rights were violated. The US District judge said the school went to far with the case. But the article also mentions the first amendment , how everyone has a right to freedom of speech and thats the right she had.

    I personally was shocked on how younger kids are getting so smart with technology and using it to offend others. I didnt agree with the fact that the district judge said the school went to far by taking the case to court, i belive it was the right thing to do. It is not right to have someone talk bad about you and have it exposed for the world to see.

  16. Manuela c.
    December 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Homework assignment is to read one of the two articles and 1) summarize the article, and 2) Write a 3 sentence reaction to it.
    The two articles discuss freedom of speech in two differing situations. Here are the two articles:
    The article that i choose was http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091214/NEWS01/912140342/Court-says-cyber-bullies-still-have-freedom-of-speech and i understand that teens have very awfull ways of expressing their selfs the victim of the video that was make for her explaning or saying what she is offended her but the other girl when she was put with the consequences made her self clear and she said that she had the power of using her first ammendment and that she was not violating anything but the school said by the judge when to far for suspending the girl, i do have a connection with this article beacuse this is something that you see alot in schools people fight and pass on rumors i dont agree with the decison that the school made because i dont know what their rules are but i do agree with the girl being punish for what she did because you do have the power of using your 1st amendment but not for the use of hurting people.

  17. Jennifer M
    December 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I think both articles were very good but the one I really liked was the 8th grader article. In that article the 8th grader told her counselor about a video that other students had posted on YouTube about her. Calling her a spoil brat and calling her other names in that video. Yes we do have freedom of speech but when it comes to insulting people and making that person feel bad about herself thats when people should stop and think before they talk. No one should be treated like that. The principle suspended the classmate for two days. But it sorts out the classmate took that situation to court and said that her 1st amendment right was violated. According to the judge the school went too far. I think it was right choice that the principle suspened the classmate for two days because no one should treat anyone like that.

  18. Carolina G.
    December 16, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Both articles were pretty interesting, but i definitely liked the 8th grader article. in this article an 8th grader told her counselor about a video that other students had posted on YouTube about her. in this videos students said a lot of rude comments about the girl, insulting her, and disrespecting her. the student responsible for posting the video on YouTube was suspended, and this girl took the case to court where a judge agree with the student that her freedom of speech was violated.
    i believe that cyber bullies is a pretty scary thing, because this kids are just growing up, their personalities are still developing, and they are just being insulted, being tread bad and so on. this kids are going to grow up believing that how they are being called is what they really are, this affects their emotions, this is going to change the kids personality and the way they see life. it also increases violence, and hate. and just because is a freedom of speech i don’t think that any one has the right to go around insulting and disrespecting people just because they don’t like them.

  19. Jennifer B.
    December 16, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Court says cyber-bullies still have freedom of speech

    So I read the article about the 8th grade girl and how a classmate posted up a video saying nasty things about her. The girl went to a counselor and told her what had happen. The classmate go suspended for two day, but then decided to take it to court. The judge agreed with the classmate saying she has the right of freedom of speech.

    My reaction to this is just amazed and surprised at how a judge agrees that posting up and saying something hurtful to someone is okay. Sure everyone needs to go through this and a lot of people do. People talk smack about each other and thats how Jr. HS and HS is, but not everyone is as strong as other people. I mean haven’t we already experienced enough with other high school shootings and suicides.

  20. Melissa V.
    December 16, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I read both articles just to see if I could get like two different points of views or so on. But both stories are interesting because they both bring something important to the table. When you turn your freedom of speech into an act of violence, like Massimo Tartaglia did when he hurt the Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, there must be limitations put. However, when a young girl is insulted like that, being called a “brat, slut, etc. .”, yet not being touched, it’s a part of life. I went through that my entire Junior High School career & even when I entered High School. Eventhough it may tramautize her and the girls need some 101 classes on maturity, bs talking from other people is inevitable. When you don’t like a person, you leave them alone. I never understood why people would start critisizing them & talk smack about them & to them. If you dont like me, think what you want to think, stay out of my way & I’ll stay out of yours.

  21. Lazaro F.
    December 16, 2009 at 1:12 am

    http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091214/NEWS01/912140342/Court-says-cyber-bullies-still-have-freedom-of-speech

    This article is about an 8th grader girl who was insulted in a video. The video ended up posted on YouTube. In the video she was called “spoiled”, a “brat” and a “slut”. For this reason she didn’t wanted to go to class because she felt humiliated. She talk about this with her counselor and what she ended up doing was taking the problem to the school’s vice principal and principal and they took the case to the district administration. The girl that uploaded the video on YouTube was suspended for two days. Her reaction to this was taking the case to the federal court saying that her free-speech rights (1st amendement) were violated. The U.S district judge said that the school went too far with this. In my opinion sometimes the rights that a person has as a citizen get out of control because they are abused as we can see in this article. One of the rights that the first amendment gives you is freedom of speech which means you can say whatever you want as long as it doesn’t seem like a threat. In the case of insulting people like what happened in the article it seems that you are also protected because you’re not damaging a person according to them. Maybe you’re not damaging a person physically but psychologically you’re doing it because eventually those insults can cause depression or another mental problem especially in a teenagers because their brains are still developing. I don’t agree that students or other people have the right to insult others only because they know they are protected under the first amendment. We as citizens should always used these rights in a very responsible and good way.

  22. Denis G.
    December 16, 2009 at 12:21 am

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2009/1215/Berlusconi-aides-blame-Facebook-internet-after-attack

    1).This article is about a Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.Berlusconi had a fight which left Mr. Berlusconi with a broken nose and two fractured teeth, on social networking sites.After a tense political rally in Milan. Massimo Tartaglia, a 42-year-old man with a psychiatric history, threw a replica of Milan’s main cathedral at Berlusconi’s face.

    2).My reaction is that, thats just not being respectful.Therefore I think what he did was really inappropriate because it can cause chaos between people and create chaos in politics in Italy.So the society is going to be all confused and mad because citizens like Berlusconi and because of the fight that happened theres going to be conflicts.

  23. jisselle gonzalez
    December 15, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2009/1215/Berlusconi-aides-blame-Facebook-internet-after-attack

    this article is about prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi aatacked by Massimo Tartaglia, a 42 year old man with a psychiatric history, threw a replica of Milan’s main cathedral at Berlusconi’s face. Berlusconi was attacked because of social networking sites. Now he wants to put a limit on free speech on the web and the freedom of expression in public.

    now i feel like what happen to Berlusconi was messed up. Most people don’t like him and people for some reason abuse their first amendment and i think it’s ok for people to say what ever they want but they shouldn’t take it to a point where what they say is going to create chaos in their country, community or society.

  24. eliana a.
    December 15, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    This article is about an eight-grader who was upset about a video posted on youtube, calling her spoiled,a slut, etc. The student who posted the video was suspended from school. Her lawyers took this case to a federal court saying that her free-speech rights were violated.
    I think that cyber bullying has become a major problem among teens. I read in a magazine a couple of years ago that a girl comitted suicide because of her cyber bully on myspace. It is freedom of speech, unfortunatley. People should really think about what they will say because they might end up hurting someone.

  25. Michelle B
    December 15, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Court says cyber-bullies still have freedom of speech
    First Amendment protects kids’ right to be nasty online

    This article was about how a classmate of an 8th grader posted up a YouTube video saying nasty things about her. This is technically considered cyber bullying. The 8th grader tells her counselor. The principle suspended the classmate for 2days. But it sorts out the classmate took that situation to court and said that her 1st amendment right was violated. According to the judge the school went too far. So it’s okay for students to be nasty online.
    My reaction was very surprised I can’t believe that the judge was for this. I really don’t think students have the right to discriminate or call people names cyber bulling can be very bad too it dose lead to depression or even death. Some kids are very sentimental and they can’t be strong like other and ignore what others say. I really do think that parents play a part in this because of how they are disciplined at home. Parents should correct their children on a daily basis.

  26. Santiago I.
    December 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Article 2: Court says cyber-bullies still have freedom of speech

    http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091214/NEWS01/912140342/Court-says-cyber-bullies-still-have-freedom-of-speech

    1) This article was about some teenagers who posted a video on YouTube in which they talk about a girl. The video contains severe insults against this girl. In the video, they called her spoiled, a brat, and a slut. As anyone, this girl felt so humiliated and upset. She told her counselor about the video and its contents. The counselor let the vice principal and the principal know about this huge problem and they took it to the district administrator. It became a court case in which the discuss about the video but the defendant’s lawyer defends his client with the First Amendment, “Freedom of Speech”, and states that the rights as a citizen and person has been denied and should be judge under the First Amendment as such.

    2) I believe no one has the right to humiliate people like that. Unfortunately there are people who do not think before they act. They think it looks funny and cool but they do not really realize who they are affecting. Cyberspace is a place where limits do not exists and it is well used by those kinds of ignorant people to humiliate and even defame others.

  27. Andrea R.
    December 15, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091214/NEWS01/912140342/Court-says-cyber-bullies-still-have-freedom-of-speech
    Court says cyber-bullies still have freedom of speech
    In May 2008, an eighth grade student from Beverly Hills school located in LA went to the school counseler to tell her about a video that was posted up in YouTube about her. This video had negative remarks about the girl. This situation was taken to a district administrator. The district lawyer’s decided to suspend the girl who posted the video, for two days. The student decided to take this case to federal court and stated that her free-speech rights were violated.The judge decided that the student’s free speech rights were indeed violated because at some point everyone will get offended by a comment made. So they can’t go limiting the peoples freedom of speech everytime someone gets offended by a comment. This article also talks about how everybody has the right to say what they want because it is stated in the first amendment. Schools can’t really do anything if something offensive is said thru the internet. They can only react if it is done with a school computer.
    When I read this article the first thing that came to mind was that it’s true that everybody has the right to freedom of speech. Though some people abuse that right and go to far and they know that nothing can be done against them because their are excercising their right. So I agree that everybody has the right to say what they want but that doesn’t mean I agree with what they say. Basically what I’m trying to say is the same as Voltaire’s quote which was spoken about in class.

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