What speech is protected by the first amendment?
Question Details: 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, "And you wonder why people want to bomb sh!t". There was a camera and microphone above the door that recorded audio and video. The campus police sent a copy of the video to the prosecutor and a warrant was issued a couple of weeks later for a terrorist threat. At the time of the incident no action or safety precautions were taken by the college indicating that no one felt that they were in danger or that their was any threat at all. I'm being charged with a Class C felony of making a terrorist threat.
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.