Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier
I, _______, agree that school officials should be able to remove student publications when they believe material is unsuitable for younger students, or for reasons it could possibly disrupt the educational curriculum. If students are allowed "freedom of speech" other students could be slandered indirectly such as what occured in this case or fights may ensue due to disagreements. Yes, we as Americans have rights to speak our minds freely, but most students are minors and are under the supervision of the school. The school has the right to control what is allowed within its walls and must moniter students' doings in order to ensure the safety and eduaction of all students.
It was ruled that the school wasprhibited from removing the students' "inappropriate publication" due to the fact that it was published in a public forum and was not a part of the cirriculum. The three Hazelwood students argued that the school violated the First admendment ant the court agreed even with Hazelwood's arguementthat students and faculty alike could recognise indirect mentioning of specific students in the publication. It has been later ruled that school officials are allowed to remove inappropriate student publications, but in this case the students won.
I believe that the court interpreted the First Admendment too strictly and factors such as the fact that the newspaper was supported by the school, and that the school does have resposibility over the students to protect as well as educate them as long as they are on school property.
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