A Student Sues After Suspension for Mocking Principal on Instagram


A Tennessee student is suing his school district after he was suspended for posting memes making fun of his principal.

The 17-year-old Tullahoma high school student shared three memes that he made and published online with the principal’s face cut out on different backgrounds.

One meme showed the principal as a cat in a French maid’s outfit.

The stunt resulted in a three-day, out-of-school suspension for the student.

But the student and his advocates called the punishment a violation of the first amendment, the constitutional right to free speech.

With support from the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, he filed a lawsuit demanding the removal of the suspension from his record and a halt to the policy that led to the punishment.