What speech is protected by the first amendment?

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What speech is protected by the first amendment?

I went to a local college in which I was a student of for 2 years to get my transcripts. I was told that it would cost $1,000 because I was behind on student loan payments. The school secretary was extremely rude and hateful which made me even more upset about the issue of needing my

transcripts. I left the service desk and walked down the hall to the exit. As I exited the building I said to myself,

Asked on March 10, 2018 under Criminal Law, Missouri


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Although your frustration and anger are understandable, your statement is NOT protected by the First Amendment freedom of speech.  This is analogous to a famous case  which cited an example of yelling fire in a crowded theater as speech not protected by the First Amendment.
A statement about bombing, especially in this day and age of terrorism, is not protected speech under the First Amendment.
Although your statement did not occur at an airport, there  are signs at airports about these types of statements not being jokes and being taken seriously.

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