The reach of school officials has extended beyond the schoolhouse gate to the World Wide Web, where pictures on Facebook, a posting on MySpace or a comment on a personal blog can now mean punishments for students.
For decades, high school students have anxiously awaited the arrival of yearbooks —?a day filled with gushing over prom photos or exchanging books to sign personal messages. But Greg Ruiz thought there was a better way to remember his high school memories than with a traditional publication.
Principals have struggled with how to handle their power over student media since the Supreme Court shifted a portion of responsibility for school-sponsored publications to administrators.
Government officials are no strangers to scandals. And —?as some Texas college journalists learned — neither is student government.
For both the student and professional media, user comments on Web sites are the basis of a growing number of lawsuits. Editors are attempting to grapple with how they should respond —?ethically and legally —?to controversial comments left on their sites by anonymous posters.
The student government at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., has agreed to amend its bylaws to better comply with the state's open meetings laws, ending a lawsuit filed by the student newspaper over alleged violations.
A California college student says a U.S. representative's staff member threatened her with arrest and legal action after she posted a recorded interview with the representative's press secretary online.
Recent actions by a North Dakota school board affirm the district does not plan to reinstate the high school newspaper adviser who was removed from the position in June over what the adviser said was a difference in philosophy.
A Mississippi high school student is suing her school district after a teacher logged into the student's social networking account and distributed information that embarrassed her and led to her removal from the team.
A bill that would provide better access toopen records at California's public, higher-education institutions hasbeen routed to the State Assembly Committee on Appropriations, though proponentsof the legislation say it should not cost any money.