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Hazelwood: A Student’s Perspective

Two years ago I sat upon the graduation stage to receive a diploma that would end my 13-year relationship with the public school I attended since kindergarten.  As a member of a class of 125 students, this day symbolized endless … Continue reading

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Student Speech Online: Can/Should Schools Punish It?

On Monday, June 13th 2011, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that two students who both created fake MySpace profiles parodying their school principals had been unfairly disciplined by their respective school districts. In both cases, the Court … Continue reading

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Moot Court Competition Examines Real Student Cyber-Speech Issues

David Hudson of the First Amendment Center is connecting the dots between the hypothetical case presented in the 2011 First Amendment Moot Court Competition (in which the College Of William and Mary Law School emerged victorious — Go Tribe!) and … Continue reading

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Waterbury CT School District Attempts to Cancel August Wilson Play

Censorship continues full front attacks on all the arts. Two weeks into 2011, we’ve already seen censorship of David Wojnarowicz at the National Portrait Gallery; a new edition of Mark Twain’s Huckelberry Finn hit the bookstores, without the N-word; the … Continue reading

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Court to rehear online student speech cases in PA

The 3rd Circuit has agreed to rehear two seemingly contradictory online student speech cases decided in February (see here for more about the cases). It has vacated the previous opinions and all members of the court will hear arguments in … Continue reading

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Alito takes (another) stand on student speech

“[W]hen a public school purports to allow students to express themselves, it must respect the students’ free speech rights,” Justice Alito said in an opinion this week. His words came in a powerful dissent to the Supreme Court’s decision not … Continue reading

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Update on student speech in Pennsylvania

In February, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued contradictory opinions involving online student speech. The losing sides of both Layshock and Blue Mountain are asking the Court to rehear their cases before a full court. Both parties agree that … Continue reading

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Court contradicts itself on student speech

On Thursday the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued two seemingly contradictory opinions involving student speech. Both cases involved students who had created fake online profiles parodying the principals at their respective schools. Both students were punished by school officials … Continue reading

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The Case of the Dangerous Font

Two weeks ago in a round-up of tales of student press censorship around the nation, we mentioned the case of PULP magazine, a publication produced by a journalism class at Orange High School.  Just a recap of the highly sensitive … Continue reading

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Censorship = Boring. Valedictorian in Florida ordered to rewrite speech

In efforts to liven up her graduation ceremony, Springstead High School Valedictorian Jem Lugo planned on giving a speech that would poke fun at traditional graduation messages while perhaps giving her fellow students some thoughts to remember: I’m not gonna … Continue reading

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