Beverly, MA asked in Education Law for Massachusetts

Q: Can my school suspend my friend and I over a video?

At my school, my friend Ryan and I got into trouble about a video we created. The video was for a project and it was a little edgy. We presented it in class and everyone liked it. We got the loudest claps and the most laughs about it. The video was also posted on Youtube. We got called down to the office because we are potentially getting suspended for sexual harassment. We had swears in it, but we bleeped them out. We had hints of 'masturbation', but there's no direct proof that that's what we were aiming for, it was all about point of view. They told us that we presented a video, which could have offended people or made them uncomfortable. The thing is, we warned the class before hand that if you are offended easily, don't watch it and we had a warning of viewer discretion in the video. Also, nobody in the class has complained about the video and the school found the video on Youtube, which was posted on my public account (nothing connected to the school). Can they suspend us?

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Ali Shahrestani,
Ali Shahrestani,
  • Education Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: Possibly, yes. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

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