Students around the country have their viewpoints silenced every year, and the 2005-06 school year was no exception. In Illinois, Indiana and Utah students faced efforts to prevent them from speaking their minds on topics such as immigration reform, homosexuality and sexually transmitted disease.
Author: A.J. Bauer
Rays of hope amid dying legislation
As a result of Machesky’s censorship and a successful lawsuit by Dean, student press advocates in Michigan successfully lobbied state Sen. Michael Switalsky, D-Roseville, to sponsor legislation defending the rights of high school student journalists.
But student press advocates say they are concerned that NEOLA’s cookie cutter method of drafting policies diminishes local input and that the policies’ vague language leads to confusion that can have severe consequences for students’ First Amendment rights.
Journalism educators pass resolutions supporting First Amendment rights for students
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication passed a resolution censuring Ocean County College in New Jersey for terminating the adviser of the school's student newspaper.
Federal judge dismisses lawsuit filed by student who wrote violent story
A federal judge in Atlanta dismissed last week thelawsuit of a student suspended for writing a violent journal entry, saying thewriting was ''sufficiently disturbing'' to justify the school'sdisciplinary actions.
Appeals court rejects request to rehear anti-gay T-shirt case
The9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week denied an appeal for the full courtto hear the case of a student who was prohibited from wearing a T-shirt withanti-gay statements.
Student sues district for cutting microphone after preaching Christianity in graduation speech
Avaledictorian is suing school officials for cutting her microphone when they sayshe began proselytizing during her graduation speech.
Former high school basketball player maintains yearbook photo showed too much
A former Colts Neck High School student whose genitalswere partially visible in a 2001 yearbook photo is asking the New Jersey SupremeCourt to find that his privacy was invaded and that he was subjected toemotional distress.
State responds to lawsuit alleging limitations on alcohol ads violate First Amendment
The state attorney general's office has filed itsresponse to a lawsuit that challengesthe constitutionality of a regulation prohibiting college student publicationsfrom running alcohol advertisements.
Adviser says college will not renew his contract for standing up for student press
HarperCollege in Palatine will not renew student newspaper adviser Dann Gire'scontract after it expires today, and Gire said he thinks he knowswhy.