Adolescent Bullying: Abuse or Free Speech?

Adolescent Bullying: Abuse or Free Speech?

CRA Description : 
In this assignment, students will research the topic of adolescent bullying through the lenses of victims, perpetrators, witnesses, parents, school officials, and the government. Students will examine the causes, consequences, legal actions, and results of both verbal and cyberbullying, with emphasis on US examples that have resulted in court cases or settlements.
Subjects: 
Social Studies
US Government
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Alleged
Assault and Battery
Bullycides
Civil and Criminal Suits
Civil Liberties
Civil Rights
Court Opinion
Cyberbulling
Defendant
Discrimination: Gender, Race, Socioeconomic, Class, Sexual Preference
Freedom of Speech
Harassment
Hate Crimes
Legal Grounds
Libel
Perpetrator
Plaintiff
Precedent
Prosecute
Rite of Passage
Slander
Verdict
Prior Knowledge: 
Students need to review the rights set out in the First Amendment in order to recognize when those rights are being violated in the cases researched. To better understand their research, students need some background regarding how legal redress is sought in the United States through local school boards and through municipal, county, state, or federal courts. Students need to know how to use the Internet and locate reliable search engines, websites, and databases to research specific cases of bullying and freedom of speech issues in verbal and cyberbullying. Students should be able to work both independently and in small groups to accomplish individual responsibilities and contribute to group tasks.