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Constitutional Law Mock Appeal Scenario: Freeman Fracas v. The Central Regional School Board

This resource, originally from the OJEN Spring 2009 Charter Challenge, deals with students’ right to post information about their teachers on social media websites. Freeman Fracas, a grade 12 student,posted statements and pictures on his personal Facebook page that were deemed offensive and insulting to a teacher. The school principal suspended Mr. Fracas for 7 days, citing a violation of the school Code of Conduct and s. 306(1) of the Education Act. Mr. Fracas brought an application for a permanent injunction against the Central Regional School Board on the grounds that the policies violated his rights to freedom of expression and equality under ss. 2(b) and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This resource includes the trial level decision, which provides the basis for the appeal, as well as a factum template.

About the Charter Challenge

As Ontario’s only provincial appellate-level mock hearing, the Charter Challenge has students prepare arguments of Charter issues raised on appeal. While researching their arguments, students have the opportunity to connect online with other students around the province, as well as with lawyer mentors. Their factums are reviewed and finalist teams have the opportunity to argue the issue before a Court of Appeal judge, either in person or through video-conferencing.

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4 thoughts on “Constitutional Law Mock Appeal Scenario: Freeman Fracas v. The Central Regional School Board”

  1. I have assigned the “Freeman Fracas v. The Central Regional School Board” case to my class. I was wondering if i could be provided with the name of the case it was based on for research and knowledge purposes. Thank you.

  2. I have never liked school councils and university councils; they sometimes think outside the box and can often make disastrous and wrong decisions. When I wanted to go to college, they asked me for a letter of interest in residency. To be honest, I didn’t think that the writing needed to be of high quality, oh how wrong I was. Due to a poorly written letter, I was not accepted, although I could have used a service that writes letter of interest for residency. What can you do, time cannot be returned, but now I have experience and I will use it the next time I apply.

  3. I also have many questions for the school board. The first thing I would like to tell them is why they assign so much homework that I have to use the services of a service that gives personal essay examples. I don’t understand why such a burden is placed on children? Do they want to make them child prodigies? 🙂


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