It had been a long day at school for Avery Doninger. Her principal, Karissa Niehoff, told her about scheduling conflicts the school was having with "Jamfest" -- a battle of the bands contest Doninger worked to coordinate as junior class secretary for her Burlington, Conn., high school. Doninger believed because of those conflicts, the event would be effectively canceled.
If retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has her way, students across the country will be donning controversial T-shirts and unrepentantly violating school dress codes ' in a virtual sense, at least.
It is a routine practice for people looking for internships and jobs. One letter after another, they carefully type their names into Google and hit "Enter" to delve up their pasts. High school sprinting records. Scholarship announcements. And a mention in the university police blotter for underage drinking?
High school journalism depends on minors consenting to interviews. In Claremont, Calif., a high school junior told the student newspaper she supported a new law banning cell phones while driving. A freshman at a Jewish day school in Rockville, Md., discussed morality and capital punishment with her student publication. And in Palo Alto, Calif., a student newspaper quoted a high school junior on his feelings about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
Courts in two recent cases have reaffirmed that university professors and administrators are public figures who face heavy burdens when trying to claim they were harmed by information published or circulated about them.
A tenured law professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock believes his students caused substantial and irreparable injury to his reputation. So he is taking them to court.
The mother of a student who was punished lastyear for calling her administrators "douchebags" online said herfamily will file a lawsuit against the school's principal for libel.
A former University of Northern Colorado student will appeal a federal judge's decision to dismiss his lawsuit against a prosecutor to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina may no longerbe in the running for the presidency, but a Waxahachie High School juniorstill wants the right to wear apparel supporting his candidacy.
A federal judge dismissed portions of astudent's lawsuit against Louisiana State University but allowed him topursue claims alleging the school's handling of a harassment investigationviolated his rights to free speech and due process of law.