A clear school policy protecting student press freedom can prevent many censorship conflicts.
Tag: high school press freedom guides
Guide for the private school press
Do students at a private high school or college have to check their free speech rights at the campus gate when they walk to school each morning?
The answer to that question is a resounding maybe.
Fighting censorship after Hazelwood
For those student publications that are affected by the HazelwoodSchool District v. Kuhlmeier decision, First Amendment protectionshave been significantly reduced.
Legal guide to Hazelwood and viewpoint suppression
A Colorado high school student newspaper wanted to publish two editorials — one in favor of a proposed administration plan to make study halls mandatory for underclassmen and one against the plan.
Guide to Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier
An SPLC White Paper on the 1988 Supreme Court Case that drastically affected students' First Amendment rights, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier.
First Amendment and Censorship FAQs
The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about a student’s right to a free press.
The SPLC First Amendment rights diagram
Download a diagram determining students' First Amendment rights by state.
Sample press release to help combat censorship
A press release, which provides accurate information — with a point of view — to news media, community members and others who might provide public attention or support is an important tool in getting your message out.
Don’t be mooted: A student plaintiff’s guide to keeping your case alive after graduation
Although graduation day is traditionally a time for celebration and for new beginnings, it can bring an unhappy ending to the legal claims of a student who is challenging school censorship. In general, challenges to school policies must be raised by currently affected students. When a student graduates, a court may dismiss her claims as moot.
Student media guide to due process claims
When Jill Snyder, an eighth grade student at Blue Mountain Middle School in Orwigsburg, Pa., was reprimanded for violating the school dress code, she decided to take matters into her own hands. After school, Snyder went home to create a mock MySpace page ridiculing her school principal.