Hear no evil, speak no evil: A Florida school board allegedly violated the rights to free speech of a high school teacher by banning Ken Starr's report on President Clinton's sex life from her classroom. The teacher, Linda Manning, filed a lawsuit claiming that the School Board of Pinellas County improperly barred the use of the Starr report and Clinton's videotaped testimony in her current events class because they contained sexually explicit material. "The issue is who gets control of the classroom," her lawyer said. "The idea that these kids don't know what the President is accused of is ridiculous. This class is made up almost exclusively of 18-year-olds." The school board has said that the materials "are clearly not appropriate for a public school classroom." According to Jade Moore of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, which is backing Manning, "they were afraid somebody would use the term oral sex".
Electronic warfare: Rather than taking to the streets in rebellion, thousands of Norwegian students launched a protest by staying at their desks and inundating government computers with e-mail. The protesters, angry over interest rate hikes on student loans, sent at least 200,000 messages through the Internet to leading politicians over a three-day period. Protest leader, Trygve Ploehn, told the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet that most of the messages were sent to Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, who probably didn't notice. Last week, the 51-year-old prime minister said that he did not know how to use a computer. But the government certainly noticed. It called out the state telephone company as an electronic riot police to set up data barricades against the e-mail onslaught.Reuse content