Ending a nine-year legal battle, a federal judge dismissed a suit last week that aimed to declare the Ithaca City School District’s 2005 publications policy unconstitutional and to prevent the district from reimplementing it in the future. The judge’s dismissal ends a process that Robert Ochshorn and seven other 2005 Ithaca High School graduates who worked at the student newspaper, The Tattler, began in 2005.
Student newspapers were confiscated at Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School onMarch 16 after a television reporter complained that a story and photo of her mightcause her children to be harassed.
Evena student newspaper that is a “limited public forum” can be censored under Hazelwood, a federal appeals court ruledWednesday.
Almost five years after their original First Amendment lawsuit was filed, former members of the Ithaca High School student newspaper are continuing an appeals process in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.