ARKANSAS -- A school district that punished students who wore black armbands to protest the district's uniform policy violated the students' First Amendment rights, a federal judge ruled, but a jury awarded no damages to the students.
ARKANSAS -- Three students who were punished for wearing black armbands to protest their school district's dress code can continue their claims against the district, its superintendent and the principal of the junior high school. But a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the portions of the suit brought against individual school board members.
Administrators at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville have revised theirfacilities use policy, opting not to appeal adecision out of the 8th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals deeming part of the old policy unconstitutional.
High school students in Little Rock are weighing their legal options after theirprincipal pulled an issue of the student newspaper over a feature concerningdrugs and gang activity.
When such sites are created and viewed off-campus or are used for fair comment and criticism, public school officials typically have no real legal ability to censor content or punish students.