School had no authority to punish teen for anti-sex harassment YouTube rap song: court
A federal court ruled in favor of a Mississippi high school student who was suspended over a rap song he posted online.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 5-1 on Friday that Taylor Bell shouldn’t have been subject to punishment by school administrators because he wrote the song on his own computer at home and posted it online during non-school hours.
Bell, an aspiring rapper, said he wrote the song, “PSK The Truth Needs to be Told,” in December 2010 after several girls told him two coaches at Itawamba Agricultural High School had made sexually explicit comments and inappropriately touched them.
The then-18-year-old said he also witnessed the two men sexually harass his classmates.
“White dude, guess you got a thing for them yellow bones, looking down girls’ shirts, drool running down your mouth,” Bell rapped in the song. “You f*cking with the wrong one, gonna get a pistol down your mouth.”
Attorneys for the school noted that Bell identified the school and the coaches by name when he posted the song on YouTube and Facebook.
Bell was suspended for seven days after administrators said he caused a major disruption at the school by writing, performing, and sharing the song.
He also was assigned to an alternative school for more than a month.
The allegations against the coaches were never substantiated, and the men were never charged.
A federal judge upheld the suspension, but Bell appealed the decision to the appeals court in New Orleans, which sent the case back to Mississippi to determine damages and attorneys’ fees.
Watch this video of the song posted online by T-Bizzle aka Tre B da Truth: