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School administrators were justified in punishing a
high school student who wrote a violent story in his notebook, a federal appeals
court ruled Nov. 20 in a decision that free-speech advocates fear could greatly expand officials' power to censor student expression.
The Spencer-Van Etten Central School District
agreed to make a public statement supporting students' right to wear T-shirts
with controversial messages, satisfying demands made by civil liberties
advocates after a student was punished for wearing a shirt supporting gay
A high school sophomore who was suspended for
taking photos of his teacher during class and posting the pictures online lost
the first round of his lawsuit against the school district Dec. 11, when a federal judge refused to lift the student's suspension early.
The former Juneau-Douglas High School student who
fought his suspension for holding up a "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner
during an off-campus event is being asked to reimburse the school district for
about $5,000 in court fees.
A Ponce de Leon High School junior is suing
the Holmes County School Board, alleging that her principal violated her
free-speech rights by intimidating her and other students who wanted to publicly
support gay rights.
The audience for Yellow Springs High
School's "One Acts," an annual fundraiser showing one-act
plays written and directed by students, saw one less play Friday when a senior
refused to alter character dialogue prohibited by administrators.
The Burleson High School yearbook staff, going up
against a March 1 printer deadline, is fighting their principal's decision
to censor a teen pregnancy article.
The dispute between The Electron staff at Franklin Community High School and their principal --
who wanted to enact a prior review policy after a January newspaper spread on
sex --was resolved Wednesday.
Several students were suspended from
Grover Cleveland High School Friday for wearing T-shirts that opposed the
confiscation of their newspaper, Le Sabre.
A Redding newspaper received Friday five pages from a 90-page investigative conduct report regarding parents' complaints about two football coaches -- an excerpt that one editor termed
"worthless" for its lack of detail.
A lawsuit brought by several former Clatskanie High School basketball players who were kicked off their team after petitioning their coach to resign will continue after the U.S. District Court for Oregon denied the Clatskanie School District's motion for summary judgment Feb. 12.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined
to grant a hearing sought by the Novato Unified School District, letting stand a
May 2007 California Court of Appeals decision that a former high school student
journalist was wrongfully disciplined by the administration over a controversial
A federal judge on Feb. 11 ruled for the
second time that the Poway Unified School District did not violate a former
student's rights to freedom of speech and free exercise of religion when
officials punished him for wearing an anti-gay T-shirt.
A Globe High School newspaper editor met with the principal and superintendent Monday in an attempt to clear up a Dec. 7 incident in which school officials pulled 700 issues of The Papoose. The incident sparked a public disagreement between newspaper staffers and administrators regarding why the papers were pulled.
The mother of a Sparta High School junior addressed the school board Monday night over an incident that she said resulted in her son being harassed by school officials over statements he made during the board's public forum session on Feb. 4.
A veteran teacher who refused to resign her
post as newspaper adviser for Naperville Central High School said she was told
by administrators today that this will be her last year as adviser and
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied
full-court review to four former Jefferson County High School football players
who were kicked off the team after petitioning against their coach.
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Friday on behalf of a Tomah High School student -- referred to as A.P. -- who was given an F and two detentions for including a Bible reference in his artwork.
Attorneys for a student who was punished
by Poway High School officials for wearing an anti-gay T-shirt to school are
asking a federal appeals court to declare unconstitutional a school policy
against offensive speech under which the student was punished.
A Waxahachie High School sophomore filed a
lawsuit Tuesday against the school district over a September 2007 incident in
which he was sent home from school for wearing a John Edwards 2008 T-shirt.