Two days after the shooting rampage at Columbine High Schoolin Littleton, Colo., the Student Press Law Center started hearingthe stories we knew would come.
\nTEXAS - The definition of irony: When Adam Martinez wrote\nan editorial for the high school newspaper, he demanded a stop\nto an act he thought controversial, but his principal pulled the\nstory, fearing it would be, well, too controversial.
Martinez's editorial in the Dixie Dispatch, of which adviser John\nBriggs approved, criticized students' behavior at football games,\nwhere the team is known as the Rebels, for waiving Confederate\nflags.
It was a decision that changed high school newspapers across\nthe country. Hazelwood East High School near St.
\nGEORGIA - "It is a wonder how we cause so much trouble\nand avoid recieving [sic] the proper punishment."
So boasted 14-year-old Matt Foreman, a.k.a.
\nMARYLAND - After more than three years of discussing and\ndebating, Blair High School finally has accepted a broadcasting\nguideline and regulation proposal for their student television\nstation.
\nWISCONSIN - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider\na case that could determine whether a university can charge students\nmandatory student activity fees to finance political clubs and\nother groups that express unpopular views.
\nMISSOURI - A punishable action of defiance or an expression\nof free speech? The line is hazy for some administrators when\na student uses the Internet to criticize his school.
Few would question the disciplining of a student who calls a teacher\na name to his face.
\nHAWAII - Hawaii's department of education confronted some\nmajor criticism last fall after proposing a guideline that would\nhave required public school administrators throughout the state\nto exercise prior review over all student publications.
\nARKANSAS - The Arkansas House of Representatives passed\nHouse Bill 1031 in January, which would allow all public school\nstudents freedom of expression.
\nPENNSYLVANIA - The fight over government regulation of\nthe Internet will return to the courts this summer as the fight\nover the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) continues.
In April, the Justice Department appealed a ruling that had blocked\nthe enforcement of Congress's second attempt to censor the Internet.\nThis move came on the day a preliminary injunction against the\nlaw, which had been granted by a U.S.