- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia’s highest court has ruled that a law that prohibits insulting or verbally abusing a public school employee in front of students is unconstitutional.

The unanimous opinion issued Monday by the Georgia Supreme Court says the law is “unconstitutionally overbroad” and violates the First Amendment right to free speech.

The high court decision reverses a lower court’s refusal to throw out charges against a Glynn County man.

Michael Antonio West was charged after authorities said that in April 2015 he boarded a school bus filled with children and cussed at and threatened two students who had harassed his child. Authorities say that when the bus driver told him he couldn’t be on the bus, he also cussed at the bus driver.

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