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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
When student journalists in Oregon return from vacation, they will be protected by a press-freedom law passed in July.
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.
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 -- 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.
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.