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Minn. Supreme Court backs 'U' Facebook discipline


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court says the University of Minnesota could discipline a mortuary student over Facebook comments that her instructors found threatening.

The court ruled that the university did not violate Amanda Tatro's free speech rights.

In December 2009, Tatro, then a mortuary science student, wrote on Facebook that she wanted to use an embalming tool "to stab a certain someone in the throat."

Tatro's grade in her course was changed to failing and she was forced to take a psychological evaluation.

Last summer, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the university's right to discipline Tatro. Tatro asked the state Supreme Court to review the ruling.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Tatro received her diploma last November.

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