The (US Supreme Court–ed.) justices on Tuesday rejected appeals from Pennsylvania and West Virginia involving questions about the limits on criticism from students and where the authority of school officials ends.
The high-court decision left standing lower-court rulings that two Pennsylvania students could not be disciplined at school for parodies of their principals that they created on home computers and posted online.
In the West Virginia case, an appeals court upheld the suspension of a student who created a web page that suggested another student had a sexually transmitted disease, and invited classmates to comment.
So there’s one precedent that lets punishment for out-of-school behavior stand one one that does not.
That clears things up nicely.
See Glomarization’s comment below. H/T to Glomization, Esq., for casting some light on this.