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Court: U of M was OK to punish mortuary student for cadaver comments

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the University of Minnesota did not violate a mortuary student's free speech rights by punishing her for making references on Facebook to the school cadaver she was working on, which included "satirical commentary and violent fantasy."
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The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the University of Minnesota did not violate a mortuary student's free speech rights by punishing her for making references on Facebook to the school cadaver she was working on, which included "satirical commentary and violent fantasy."

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