Beware, high school administrators: With the explosion of the information superhighway, censorship of the student press has been transformed from a dead-end avenue into a mere roadblock that can be hurdled by editors and reporters who have a new outlet to publish their work.
A federal judge struck down a Virginia law in February that barred state employees from using state-owned computers to access sexually explicit materials on the Internet.
Student journalists at St. Cloud State University were detained in their office for two hours in April while police demanded a recording the newspaper staff made of a public forum.
Rather than spending the last half of his senior year coasting through classes and kicking back with friends, one student journalist has found himself tossed out of school.
An Ohio suburban school district agreed in April to pay $30,000 to a student who was suspended for creating a Web site from his home on which he criticized his band teacher.
The San Francisco State University administration disciplined a student in December who allegedly destroyed thousands of copies of the student newspaper.
After threatening to inflict a prior review policy on a high school student newspaper, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has dropped the complaint against the school.
A federal court of appeals has thrown out a professor's challenge to a University of Oklahoma policy that limits the use of Internet discussion groups.
Student journalists in Michigan will have a weapon against newspaper theft if a bill passes through the state legislature.
Although 76 percent of Americans support the right of tabloid newspapers to publish what they want, fewer Americans believe that high school students should be able to publish what they choose.