The four former students who unsuccessfully sued a Washington school district over a student newspaper article about students’ promiscuity have filed a petition for appeal to the Washington Supreme Court.
Four former students suing a Washington school district for an article in the student newspaper that quoted their views on oral sex were denied their request for a new trial Wednesday by the state’s Court of Appeals.
Fouryears after students at a Washington high school sued their school district forinvasion of privacy over a student newspaper story, an appeals court is set tohear their case in January.
Student editors at three Puyallup School Districthigh schools are pointing to a recent case of censorship as proof they need apublications policy without prior review.
A Pierce County jury found in favor of the PuyallupSchool District on Wednesday, establishing that the school's 2008 studentnewspaper article about students' sexual practices and histories was not aviolation of those students' privacy.
"This case is not about whether youdidn't like this article or thought the topic was not appropriate [for ahigh school student newspaper]....This case is about the evidence and about thelaw," said Seattle attorney Mike Patterson, representing Puyallup SchoolDistrict.
Student journalists in the Puyallup SchoolDistrict came back from summer vacation to a startling discovery: a new freedomof expression policy that placed every student publication in the district underprior review.
Several high school students who were quotedabout their oral sex experiences are claiming the student newspaper did not havetheir permission to print the information.