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State high court: New York teacher protest endangered school safety

from News Day

You can't falsely shout "fire" in a crowded theater, the legal maxim goes. And picketing teachers can't imperil school safety by blocking a school entrance to exercise their free speech rights, New York's top court ruled. In a 5-2 decision, the Court of Appeals said student safety trumped the First Amendment, upholding the East Meadow Union Free School District's sanctions against two teachers for parking their cars near the entrance of Woodland Middle School during a protest over protracted contract negotiations in March 2007. more

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