Sophomoric filmmaking isn’t grounds for expulsion.
KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. â€” Making a movie in which evil teddy bears attack a teacher got two budding filmmakers expelled from their high school, but a federal judge says it was the school that was wrong.
Two sophomores made a movie in which a “teddy bear master” orders stuffed animals to kill a teacher in revenge for a humiliation. Students fight the homicidal teddies, reports AP.
School officials had argued that the film was disruptive and that a teacher whose name was used in the movie found it threatening. Prosecutors reviewed the movie but declined to press charges.
State law allows expulsion for activity unconnected with school if the activity is unlawful and interferes with school operations.
The judge said the movie was “vulgar,” “tasteless,” “humiliating” and “obscene,” but ruled that school officials did not prove it disrupted school.
The judge urged the boys to apologize to the math teacher whose name they used in the movie.