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A high school student makes a coarse remark about a prominent politician on Twitter.
The post comes to the attention of her principal, who gives her a stern lecture about civility but recognizes that his authority goes no further, and that any punishment must come from the student’s parents.
This is a delicately balanced system of freedom versus authority at work – and in the case of tweeting Kansas teen Emma Sullivan, the system did work.
Emma received a chewing-out for her unkind (but constitutionally protected) message about Kansas Gov.
Student journalists at The UWM Post at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee announced late Sunday they plan to sue two former student government officials, alleging they participated in the theft and destruction of 800 copies of the newspaper in November October.
In a news story, the paper said it's own investigation revealed former Student Association President Alex Kostal directed his office manager to steal the newspapers.
(With apologizes to Barbara Eden for the subject line.
Student expression advocates have their eyes on the Supreme Court this week, with two major First Amendment issues on the agenda.
The Court will hear arguments Tuesday in what could be a landmark case in the law of broadcasting.
A Louisiana high school student has dropped an off-campus free speech lawsuit against his school after officials agreed to expunge records of the discipline he received.
The unnamed student at Brusly High School in West Baton Rouge received a two-day, in-school suspension after administrators discovered a Facebook post in which he insulted a teacher.
The announcement that the Supreme Court will not hear any case this term involving the First Amendment rights of students punished for off-campus speech on social networking sites left one thing firmly established: That the law is not firmly established.
That is not altogether a bad place to be.
Considering the alternative.
In 2007, the Supreme Court allowed itself to be swayed by sympathy for a put-upon high school principal in Juneau, Alaska, who made the ill-advised decision to snatch away a humorous banner that one of her students was waving at an off-campus event.
Page A-2 of today's New York Times carries five corrections. Sunday's had five, Saturday's seven, and Friday's had eight.
The Iowa Supreme Court on Thursday decided not to take up the case of a high school journalism adviser who was reprimanded over newspaper content.
A student is once again facing punishment for speech outside of school — but this time it may cost a New Jersey private school student his future.
Yuri Wright, a senior football star, was expelled from Don Bosco Preparatory High School for explicit tweeting.
St. Augustine’s College and a former student recently came to a confidential settlement, almost eight months after a Facebook post got the student barred from attending his commencement ceremony.
Roman Caple graduated May 2, but not with his classmates.
The “I ? Boobies” cancer awareness campaign saw more publicity Monday than Madonna’s performance at the Super Bowl halftime show a night prior.
Earlier today, the University of Minnesota's excellent student newspaper, The Minnesota Daily, held an online chat via Twitter to hear readers' reactions to the paper's extensive coverage of a key First Amendment case playing out on campus.
Unless an outbreak of common sense sweeps through the Statehouse, Indiana is about to become the most frightening place in America to be a kid.
House Bill 1169, pushed by the special-interest lobbyists for school administrators, would unleash school principals to control essentially anything their students do – anytime, anywhere – that they disapprove of.
The bill, sponsored by Rep.
When the microphones were left open at the end of the Senate committee hearing on Indiana's "Put a Principal in Your Bedroom Bill," a supporter of HB 1169 was heard to exclaim, "None of these people testified against it in the House!"
The culprits behind recent newspaper thefts at Florida Atlantic University were found — and they’re a class of engineering students.
Mariam Aldhahi, editor in chief of the University Press student newspaper, said they discovered Jan.
It’s not often a student journalist is targeted with violence over something they’ve written. It’s even rarer for an entire school to rally behind them.
Bridgewater State University student journalist Destinie Mogg-Barkalow, who wrote a pro-gay marriage editorial last week, was allegedly assaulted over her opinion piece.
UPDATE: The arguments have been rescheduled for Monday, April 2.
The case of a former University of Minnesota student who was disciplined by the university for her Facebook posts will be re-argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court due to one justice’s recusal.
Associate Justice Paul H.
On Wednesday, Indiana high school students celebrated "First Amendment Day" at the state Capitol -- and on Thursday, they got to keep their constitutionally protected freedoms safe for at least another year.
By a vote of 88-0, the state House voted Thursday night to accept a much-diluted Senate version of HB 1169, a controversial measure that -- as originally filed -- would have enabled schools to suspend or expel students whose behavior anywhere, even at home, was considered an "interference with school purposes."
Indiana schools currently can punish illegal conduct that disrupts or interferes with school, but HB 1169 would have allowed suspension or expulsion even for lawful behavior.
Instead of granting schools the expanded disciplinary authority they sought, the bill as passed merely calls for the appointment of a 14-member study committee to look at "best practices for school discipline." Among the 14 members will be eight state legislators and three local school administrators; students will not be represented.
A visit to the dining hall is a daily part of the college experience for most freshmen. Parents buy a meal plan at the start of each term with the idea that it’s a down payment on food for their eager young scholar.
For once, a school district has decided that, yes, there are more important things for teachers to be worrying about than what students say about teachers on Facebook.