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Minnesota Supreme Court hears free speech case

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The Judicial Update

February 14, 2012

Minnesota: The Minnesota Supreme Court last week heard arguments in a free speech case involving a former University of Minnesota mortuary science student. [1] In 2009, Amanda Tatro posted statements on Facebook about her lab cadaver. Her posts included: "Who knew embalming lab was so cathartic! I still want to stab a certain someone in the throat with a trocar though.” [2] Tatro said the comments were sarcastic and that she was simply blowing off steam after a difficult week. Tatro's professor and other faculty members interpreted the statements as threatening, and she was disciplined by the university. Tatro appealed the university's decision to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and lost. The case could have wide implications for free speech and academic discipline on college campuses. [3]