A federal appeals court ruled that the Douglas County School District followed correct procedure and did not violate the First Amendment rights of a high school student who threatened to kill his classmates in a Myspace instant messaging post to his friends.
Landon Wynar was a 16-year-old sophomore at Douglas High School when he was arrested on Feb. 7, 2008, after fellow students reported the comments made in instant messages. He was jailed for 31 days, and suspended for 10 days until an expulsion hearing resulted in his being removed from school.
A challenge was filed in federal court in 2009. On Thursday the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the school district.