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In a brief filed Monday, the Student Press Law Center urges the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower-court ruling that makes it almost impossible to challenge the constitutionality of a law restricting speech without first violating the law and suffering punishment.
In the 2001-02 school year Andrew Smith published two articles in the Novato High School newspaper that offended some members of the community.
In September 2009, the University of Illinois paid $200,000 to settle a claim made by one or more women who said they were sexually assaulted by a coach at the school.
In 2006, the student newspapers at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia filed suit against the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board for its blanket ban on the advertising of alcoholic beverages in college newspapers. In 2013, the federal appeals court ruled the ban was unconstitutional.
Tatro sued claiming that her free speech rights were violated since she made the posts outside of school and thus was protected by the First Amendment. The court held that schools can impose sanctions for violating academic program rules.
On March 2010, Elon University student journalist Nick Ochsner requested records about an on-campus arrest by campus police.
In August 2011, Taylor Bell, then a high school senior at Itawamba Agricultural High school, recorded a rap song that accused two coaches at the school of engaging in sexual misconduct with female classmates and friends of Bell’s.
In December 2009, radio talk-show host Rocky Disabato requested records from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators about federal stimulus funding.
In 2009, the Chicago Tribune was conducting an investigation into allegations that the University of Illinois had a special recruitment track for well connected families.
In 2004 Fox was fined for the use of fleeting expletives during its broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards in 2002 and 2003.
In November 2010, Jennifer Hawk and Amy McDonald Martinez filed a lawsuit against Easton School District, in Pennsylvania, in response to what they felt was the unlawful suspension of their daughters.
Thomas Barnes was a student at Valdosta State University who was expelled in 2007 by the school’s president without any warning or a chance to contest the decision.
During the winter term of the 2008-09 school year, students at Oregon State University who ran a conservative alternative newspaper, The Liberty, noticed that their distribution bins had been removed.
The student newspaper at Ithaca High School, The Tattler, wrote an editorial questioning whether their sex education classes needed to go into such explicit detail.
In 2007, J.S. was a minor at Blue Mountain Middle School in Pennsylvania. She made a parody MySpace profile for her principal, portraying him as a sex addict who hit on students and parents.
In 1978, Anthony McKinney was convicted and imprisoned for the murder of a security guard in Harvey, Illinois.
In the Spring 2007 semester, 17-year-old Avery Doninger referred to some of her high school administrators as douchebags in a blog post complaining about the cancellation of a battle of the bands.
In December 2005, high school senior Justin Layshock created a MySpace page parodying his principal, Eric Trosch.
In spring 2004, Kansas State Collegian adviser Ron Johnson was fired after the school’s journalism director reviewed the paper and said he found the overall quality to be poor.
In December 2003, Thomas Mink published articles on his website that criticized Junius Peake, finance professor at his school, the University of Northern Colorado.