Fall 2007

Students limit distribution of high school prom supplement in shootings' wake

In many circumstances, student speech that can potentially be dubbed “violent” does not make national headlines. Sometimes, it does not even make it to the superintendent’s desk. Read more

Crime and punishment

As the fall semester came to a close at Eastern Michigan University, most students were finishing finals and preparing to head home for winter break. Read more

Students, adviser reach agreements with college

Karen Bosley’s long fight against Ocean County College is finally over. Read more

Administration bars Tufts journal from printing unsigned editorials

On May 10, editors of a conservative journal at Tufts University issued a news release on their Web site. Read more

Journalists at Flagler College continue struggle

The newspaper for a private college in Florida will keep its mission to enhance the image of the school and will stay under the college’s control even after students protested and resigned over their concerns the paper had been censored. Read more

Connecticut panel completes newspaper review

Members of a task force that reviewed journalism practices at Central Connecticut State University are giving the process mixed reviews, including a student editor and newspaper adviser who say it has caused a chilling effect on campus. Read more

When student newspapers get tough with student governments, student leaders pull out an important bargaining chip

Student journalists in Florida and New Jersey are the latest to come to terms with student governments after their funding was pulled — saying student governments objected to the content of their papers. Read more

Proper channels: Student demonstrators fight prior review of their messages

Billy Embree was trying to help his college’s janitors fight for higher wages. He ended up fighting a suspension. Read more

Sensitive speech: High schools react to violent expression after Virginia Tech massacre

Eight days after the Virginia Tech University massacre, a high school student in Northport, Wash., was overheard telling other students that chaining shut all of the doors in the school except for one would make it easy for a gunman to shoot those emerging from the unchained entrance. Read more

U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Morse v. Frederick leaves narrow hole in landmark Tinker standard

A burst of laughter broke over the marble halls of the U.S. Supreme Court chamber when one of the nine dignified, black-robed figures seated behind a raised bench began to speak about “bong hits.” Read more

Thomas' opinion considered extreme

Reaching back to the history of America’s public education system and a legal principle known as “in loco parentis,” Associate Justice Clarence Thomas offered the most extreme opinion in June’s Morse v. Frederick U.S. Supreme Court decision. Read more

Advocates counting on Alito, Kennedy concurrence to limit decision's scope

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision in Morse v. Frederick was almost as varied as the judgment of the Court, which issued five opinions in the first high school student-speech decision since Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier in 1988. Read more

Early legal applications of the Morse decision

As soon as the Morse v. Frederick decision was handed down from the U.S. Supreme Court in late June, it immediately began appearing in lower courts’ opinions across the country. Read more

'Immigration' editorial court case continues

A five-year-long waiting game over a high school student’s right to publish a controversial editorial may continue as the­ California Supreme Court decides whether to hear or deny a petition in the Novato Unified School District v. Smith case. Read more

In Oregon, a new law protects students

When student journalists in Oregon return from vacation, they will be protected by a press-freedom law passed in July. Read more

Advocates await signature in Illinois

Student journalists at public universities and community colleges in Illinois are one signature away from a guarantee that their newspapers are not subject to prior review or restraint. Read more

Facebook foul-up: Maryland high school uses online photos to fill holes in yearbook

Out of time and out of photos, the editors of The Windup, the yearbook at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Md., needed more pictures of their classmates to fill blank pages. So they logged on to the wellspring of party photos and candid snapshots on the social networking site Facebook.com, republishing photos students had posted online — without credit or permission. Read more

NCAA blogging policy evokes concern

Basketball is king in Indiana. The sport is exciting; the athletes are exceptional; the fans are hardcore; and the newspaper coverage is plentiful. Read more

Student Press Law Center mourns the loss of two tireless advocates

Student journalists lost two of their most revered national press-freedom advocates this year, and the Student Press Law Center lost two dear friends. Read more