First Amendment advocates say a recent California Supreme Court decision not to hear an appeal from a former Occidental College radio host has left a gaping hole in California’s Leonard Law, which affords freedom of expression protection to private college students.
In September, a federal court ruled the that Saginaw School District in Michigan had violated the First Amendment rights of Hadley Elementary School student Joel Curry when the school did not allow him to hand out an ornament with a religious message attached.
The Student Press Law Center is pleased to announce new additions to ourWeb site especially for high school teachers and student media advisers as wellas student journalists: two new Media Law Presentations and an expansionof the Test Your Knowledge of Student Press Law onlinequiz.
The number ofnewspaper theft incidents is on the rise compared to previous years'statistics, with 15 incidents reported to the Student Press Law Center thus farthis school year.
Web sites such as MySpace.com and Facebook.com can offer a relaxed, online forum for students to vent about the usual adolescent quandaries ' classmates, school, homework and parents ' and those sites are often read by peers, and in some cases, school officials.
In a September search for the anonymous authors of a sexually-explicit MySpace page, a Georgia high school pulled out all the stops, using a police-issued subpoena to track down two students.
Several First Amendment organizations dedicated to protecting student rights recognize that in the Internet age, it is even more important that students understand the possible consequences of their speech. The popularity of social networking sites, including MySpace.com and Facebook.com, is increasing, with MySpace becoming the most visited site on the Internet in July 2006.
A California Court ofAppeal's decision to open investigative reports regarding a former schooladministrator to a local newspaper is a victory for both professional andstudent journalists in the state, the paper's editor said.
As media sources increasingly use technology and the Internet to disseminate up-to-the-second information, experts say that student media groups may lead the way. While many student newspapers have online versions of their paper, The Campus Lantern is the first college student media organization to cease print publication and create an online-only daily newspaper, said Consultant Bryan Murley from The Center for Innovation of College Media, a think tank assisting student media in adapting and flourishing in the new media environment.