GEORGIA -- A federal appeals court ruled July 31 against a Fulton County student who claimed that her school violated her free-speech rights when it punished her for writing about a dream in which a student shoots a math teacher.
Author: Judy Wang
Students limit distribution of high school prom supplement in shootings' wake
In many circumstances, student speech that can potentially be dubbed "violent" does not make national headlines. Sometimes, it does not even make it to the superintendent's desk.
Sensitive speech: High schools react to violent expression after Virginia Tech massacre
Eight days after the Virginia Tech University massacre, a high school student in Northport, Wash., was overheard telling other students that chaining shut all of the doors in the school except for one would make it easy for a gunman to shoot those emerging from the unchained entrance.
U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Morse v. Frederick leaves narrow hole in landmark Tinker standard
A burst of laughter broke over the marble halls of the U.S. Supreme Court chamber when one of the nine dignified, black-robed figures seated behind a raised bench began to speak about “bong hits.”
'Immigration' editorial court case continues
A five-year-long waiting game over a high school student’s right to publish a controversial editorial may continue as the California Supreme Court decides whether to hear or deny a petition in the Novato Unified School District v. Smith case.
In Oregon, a new law protects students
When student journalists in Oregon return from vacation, they will be protected by a press-freedom law passed in July.
District court says high school editors' lawsuit will go to trial
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. District Court judge in Seattle has granted a high school partial summary judgment to end one student press rights complaint lodged against it, but the school will still have to go to trial to settle other First Amendment-related issues.
Journalism Education Association criticizes 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' ruling
KANSAS -- The Journalism Education Association released a statement July 2 that criticized the Morse v. Frederick U.S. Supreme Court decision and urged schools and students to use caution in applying the recent ruling to avoid excessive student censorship.
Oregon governor to sign student free expression bill by end of the month
OREGON -- Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) has indicated he will, by the end of the month, sign a bill that aims to protect high school and college student press rights in the state.
U.S. Supreme Court denies school's petition to hear anti-Bush T-shirt case
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a public school’s petition for a writ of certiorari to hear arguments in a case involving a student who was suspended for wearing a T-shirt depicting President George W. Bush surrounded by images of illegal drugs and alcohol.