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High School Admins Try to Silence Girl's Tweets About Israel, Cite Anti-Bullying Law

New Jersey's anti-bulling law jeopardizes students' speech rights.

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Administrators at a public high school in Bergen County, New Jersey, brazenly bullied a student for allegedly violating the state's anti-bulling law—a law that prohibits the teenage girl from engaging in political speech that hurts others, they claimed.

The student, 16-year-old Bethany Koval, is a passionate critic of the state of Israel. On Wednesday, she was called to the principal's office for tweeting that she was happy about being unfollowed by a pro-Israel student. According to The New York Times:

Administrators took particular interest in a tweet that Ms. Koval posted on Dec. 27 after a classmate who had taken offense at her political views unfollowed her, she said. She said they also reprimanded her for a second tweet in which she told a friend she would name the student in a private message. They also searched her phone, suspecting that she was recording the meeting and warned that she could face legal action, she said. They were right to be suspicious. She later posted audio clips on Twitter.

Ms. Koval said she believed neither statement constituted an act of bullying. …

In a recording posted by Ms. Koval, an administrator can be heard telling Ms. Koval that the state could determine that she had committed an act of bullying for a tweet that referred to a fellow student as "that pro-Israel girl from my school."

"You are talking about her to someone else," the administrator said.

"Yes, I am," Ms. Koval responded.

On another recording Ms. Koval can heard telling the administrator that she believed her tweets about Israel were "controversial" but not "problematic."

"Well that's your interpretation," the administrator responded. "There's a state law that might interpret it differently."

The state law the administrator referred to is New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, a particularly robust law inspired by the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi. Critics of the law have long warned that it could be used as a pretext to deprive students of their First Amendment rights, and what's happening to Koval seems like a good example of those fears being realized.

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  1. Racial slur results in jail time for defendant

    http://nbc4i.com/2016/01/07/ra…..defendant/

    1. I imagine it was for contempt of court. I don’t know of any courtroom where you can curse the judge and not go to jail.

      1. I’m not sure how that standard power of American jurisprudence passes constitutional muster. There’s no logical way to square a judge’s nearly absolute power to jail people for contempt with any sort of due process protection.

        1. It falls under the FYTW clause.

  2. Wondering if she had tweeted negatively about a friend who patronized an anti-gay marriage bakery would have brought the same response?

  3. How long before the eyebrow comments?

    1. Serious comment: Bethany, best not to answer any of the questions posed by school administrators. If they ask to search your phone, you’re an idiot to respond with anything beyond, “Let’s see your court order.”

      1. If they ask to search your phone, you’re an idiot to respond with anything beyond, “Let’s see your court order.”

        Or, she can respond with something like “kiss my bushy puss.”

        1. Shaved, dude, shaved. No wombat in her asscrack, either.

    2. I guess he got a little carried away with the magic marker. Not sure which is worse, those or the hair.

    3. How long before the eyebrow comments?

      I think the commentator is above insulting the appearance of a sixteen-year-old.

      1. Yes, she was hotter when she was six.

        Hey, I didn’t mention the nose ring, so credit where credit is due.

        1. In her defense, all the damage she has done to her appearance (that we can see) to show us how different she is seems easily reversible. In a few years when she writes a five-thousand word essay about her large, Bob Dylan lyrics back tattoo we can really laugh at her.

          1. In her defense, all the damage she has done to her appearance (that we can see) to show us how different she is seems easily reversible.

            I see a proto-humanities professor’s fashion sense emerging; there is a Nissan Leaf with her name on it, maybe not even built yet, but one exists in spacetime somewhere.

    4. I was just thinking, what the fuck? Did she draw those on with a giant marker?

  4. “Well that’s your interpretation,” the administrator responded. “There’s a state law that might interpret it differently.”

    I don’t know how they do things back east, but where I come from that’s called a threat.

    1. It’s New Jersey. Every statement is a threat.

    2. That’s a very nice twitter you’ve got there. It would be a terrible thing if we couldn’t mind our own fucking business.

  5. These is a NJ State Law? So I’m not allowed to mention the Chris Christie is an ignorant piece of shit scumbag?

    1. If you throw a orange at Christie it will go into orbit around his ass,true story

  6. Doesn’t this kid know that the Bill Of rights doesn’t apply to minors??

    1. According to Clarence Thomas, it actually doesn’t.

      No matter, she’s stupid for not clamming up and for not refusing to hand over her phone. Not that she comes across as particularly bright anyway… Maybe she has a future as an educator.

      1. But they couldn’t find the video on the phone, could they?

  7. Well, she seems a full retard. But in a free society, even retards have rights.

    1. I get the feeling she’s one of those people who never shuts up about her political opinions/beliefs and shoehorns them into far too many unrelated conversations.

  8. Global jewish conspiracy confirmed.

  9. Sheldon Richman’s future replacement here after he moves on to Stormfront or the Huffington Post?

    1. I hear he’s working on a sequel to the protocols of the elders of zion.

      1. Mid-Life Crisis of Zion?

  10. I like her stones, if not her opinions.

    Oh, and props for taking the meeting and recording it. And posting clips. Here’s hoping NJ isn’t a two-party consent state for recordings like that.

    1. Seriously. That’s how meetings with officious bureaucrats should go.

  11. HIGH SCHOOL KID #1: “Sir, you shall either die on the gallows or of a loathsome disease.”

    HIGH SCHOOL KID #2: “Well, sir, that depends on whether I embrace your principles or your mistress.”

    HIGH SCHOOL KID #1: “Sir, I may be drunk, but you are ugly, and I shall be sober tomorrow.”

    HIGH SCHOOL KID #2: “Sir, you are not only dull yourself, you are the cause of dullness in others.”

    HIGH SCHOOL KID #1: “You never open your mouth without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.”

    HIGH SCHOOL KID #2: “I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll make an exception.”

    PRINCIPAL: “Hey, have you kids been Googling ‘witty insults’ again?”

    1. “You never open your mouth without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.”

      I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  12. Is there any reason to think the ‘anti-Israeli’ content of her tweets is what prompted this nonsense, as opposed to the whole calling out another student?* I can see why she would want to conflate the two and it seems like all the supporters on that nauseatingly self-congratulatory twitter feed are buying it, but if she never referenced another student would the school still give a turkey about her political views?

    *I think anti-bullying laws are idiotic.

    1. Is there any reason to think the ‘anti-Israeli’ content of her tweets is what prompted this nonsense, as opposed to the whole calling out another student?

      Unlikely.

    2. and now the twitter feed is private

      @bendykoval’s Tweets are protected.

      Only confirmed followers have access to @bendykoval’s Tweets and complete profile. Click the “Follow” button to send a follow request.

    3. ERT WAS TEH JOOS WHAT DONE IT

  13. So I’m not allowed to mention the Chris Christie is an ignorant piece of shit scumbag?

    Just don’t mention the war fat.

    1. +2 Eggs Mayonnaise (and, a prawn Goebbels)

  14. What the fuck is going on with those eyebrows

    do people use like cosmetic products for that?

    1. Magic marker. The big one, not the sharpie.

      1. I knew a lebanese kid who had those for real when he was like 10. only he had to shave to create a gap. And he also got bullied. Mainly because at the time “Monchhichis” were a thing, so that’s what he got called. Furry little weirdo.

        1. Those are creepy little things. First time I have heard of them.

          Yeah, I have seen ME guys who could be mistakened for monkeys. Hell, for that matter I have seen ME women who were hair that way. They are a hirsute lot.

        2. Google Alastair Overeem’s daughter.

  15. You know who else was a passionate critic of the State of Israel?

    1. The Christ?

    2. Most American Jews

  16. What the hell Robbie? If ever a photo demanded alt-text, that one is it.

    1. “”In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit….”

  17. “Ms. Koval can heard telling the administrator that she believed her tweets about Israel were “controversial” but not “problematic.”‘

    UGH, PRINCIPAL WHATSYOURNAME… DO YOU EVEN??

  18. “Well that’s your interpretation,” the administrator responded. “There’s a state law that might interpret it differently.”

    “Yeah? I have a first amendment that trumps your state law. Push this and I will shove that state law up your ass so far you will have to have a dentist remove it.”

    I guess there is a reason I have never been appointed an ambassador.

  19. The student, 16-year-old Bethany Koval, is a passionate critic of the state of Israel.

    I’m guessing they went with “passionate” because they couldn’t in good conscience go with “well-informed” or “knowledgeable”. You can’t spell “passionate” without the “ass” and I’d be willing to bet she couldn’t find Israel on a map if you gave her 5 chances and a map of Israel.

    1. She’s from Israel.

      1. Well, most American kids couldn’t find the USA on a map.

        1. Well, who could find USA, all tucked away down there on the map?

    2. She apparently hates those I-talian types:

      bennyProtected Tweets
      @bendykoval
      Feed me your fascist tears! i am SOOO thirsty ?-?- ? // ? // ? // ? // ? // ? // Benny thanks @necessaryqueer for this LIT header!!

      under the covers

      1. Oh, good, she’s a Marxist, too.

  20. I don’t understand the jurisdiction the school claims to have over kids’ actions outside of school!!! When the hell did this encroachment happen!?

  21. I can’t be bothered to find a libertarian angle here. Can i just be mildly satisfied that crazy lefties become victims of their own policies?

  22. “that pro-Israel girl from my school.”

    In this day and age it is hard to be sure, but is the “bullying” here the use of “pro-Israel” or the use of “girl”?

  23. I would’ve just told her not to be so groucho.

    Grouchy. Sorry, I meant grouchy.

    1. Did she shoot an elephant in her pajamas?

    2. ^^Best comment

  24. If that were my daughter, someone would be getting a very serious beat down.

    http://www.Full-VPN.tk

    1. Alan Turing, please call your office.

  25. So it took a couple of months before the law was used for political purposes?

  26. Wow I can’t believe the Tyler Clementi case was 5 years ago. But that law was a huge misunderstanding. Yes he was bullied. But the reason he killed himself was because he was embarrassed by his own behavior – kissing a creepy old guy in a dorm room he shared with another person. And knew he was wrong, and he felt he couldn’t live it down. The solution in such a case is to suck it up and move on. Not kill yourself. People are forgiving.

  27. Everyone has the right to say what’s on their mind, even larval Hamassholes like this snotty little girl.

    -jcr

  28. 16 years old, and her parents let her pierce her nose and wear metal booger jewelry? There aught to be a law!

    -jcr

  29. How old are you people? 80? “get off my lawn”

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