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Students jailed for alleged hate crime violations

(05/01/98 12:00am)

FLORIDA -- In an unprecedented use of state hate crimes laws, nine high school students were jailed overnight, suspended and eventually expelled for publishing a pamphlet including comments that the school1s principal perceived as personal threats.\nThe February 23 arrests of five girls and four boys were in response to the distribution of the underground booklet "The First Amendment," which featured a picture of Killian High School's black principal, Timothy Dawson, with a dart piercing his head and a handwritten article in which the writer wondered, "what would happen if I shot Dawson in the head ...."\nThe pamphlet also contained a depiction of Dawson engaged in group sex and a caricature of campus security guards womanizing students.

Suspension still spoils student's record; parents' $1 million civil suit continues

(05/01/98 12:00am)

"Although student disciplinary hearings are serious and adversarial in nature, students are not entitled to the procedural protections of a criminal trial," Chief Judge Judith Kaye wrote in a unanimous decision for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division in early December.