The Miami-Dade School District, nationally known for its liberal stance on student free expression, toyed with the idea of changing that policy this spring, but was met with stiff resistance from students and faculty members.
If nothing else, the more than 200 students who rallied for free expression outside the Miami-Dade School Board building June 10 accomplished one thing: making themselves and their message visible to the public.
Alcohol has been blamed for causing riots and deaths on campus. The Pennsylvania law banning its promotion is accused of violating the First Amendment.
A high school principal pulled a story about the formation of a gay and lesbian support group for students on campus from the front page of the school's student newspaper in May, stating the story lacked timeliness.
Before the spring of 1997, Kim Houlihan said local high school journalists would accept her advertisements for their newspapers. Then, she was notified that the school board had banned them.
Even though they have received their high school diplomas and are looking forward to their first year of college this fall, Geoff Ward and Catie Fontaine are not letting the Portsmouth High School administration off the hook just yet.
A Lexington community activist, whose political advertisement was refused by a high school's student publications, was denied a hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court in late May.
Censorship calls to the Student Press Law Center from high school journalists rose by more than a third last year. According to the Center, 304 high school student journalists or their advisers contacted them in 1997 for legal help concerning a censorship matter.
Kristin Bates was looking forward to enrolling in Brocton High School's only journalism class this year.