- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - About 2,000 eighth-graders were asked whether a school should be able to discipline a student for making an inappropriate comment online even if it did not happen at school.

The catch? They had to answer the constitutional question in 140 characters or less.

A group of University of Nebraska law students on Wednesday taught the nation’s governing document in U.S. history classes in Lincoln, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (https://bit.ly/1qhhH7H ). They used the social media website Twitter as a way to help start a discussion among the teens about how the Constitution affected their lives.

“Lots of (students) know what it is, they know the articles, but I’m not sure they know how it affects them,” said college law student Chris Schmidt.

Law students helped teach the eighth-graders the three branches of government, what role each plays and the checks and balances in place. The students broke into two groups to debate whether the government should require student uniforms.

Each class that participated came up with a tweet that was later posted onto the project’s Twitter account, @UNL_CLEP.

One tweet said, “Does it make you glad to see people sad? #stopcyberbullying #Feek4 #Mickle.”

Another said, “My private life is my private life. #stopstalking #Sypal2.”

The tweet with the most retweets and favorites will earn the class that wrote it a pizza party.

This is the second year the student-led Community Legal Education Project has taught at Lincoln Public Schools about the Constitution. District teachers have discussed the university expanding the project to freshman civics classes next year.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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