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T.M. v. State of Florida

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Katie Williams

on 6 May 2015

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Transcript of T.M. v. State of Florida

I completely agree with the opinion that the curfew law was against the constitution. The reason being that in the case, T.M got in trouble for committing a crime. His parents gave him permission to be out after curfew. In my opinion, the curfew law has really good intentions and the goals are moral, but even so, it has too many limitations and rules. I believe that the law should allow exceptions like T.M’s case. If not, then courts are going to be booked with hearings with cases similar to T.M’s.

I have loose interpretations of the curfew law. T.M is being convicted of a crime that, yes, he did commit, but he wasn’t really doing anything wrong. The curfew law would be better if it was enacted at more appropriate times. In the case of T.M, it was not enacted at the correct timing. He was granted permission by his parents, he wasn’t harming himself or others, and he was safe.

State of Florida v. T.M.
To get a better look at the situation, I placed myself in T’s shoes. I thought of how I’d feel if I were him, what I might do after curfew, and what I might think about what I did. After doing that, I had to decide whether or not a real crime had been committed. Like I said before, he wasn’t hurting himself or others. He wasn’t in danger. He had permission from his parents. He was stealing or hurting anything. T.M is a good kid. I don’t believe that a serious crime was committed here. All T.M did was disobey the curfew. Yeah, there should be consequences. But he shouldn’t be faced with time in jail because the level of the “crime” was so low. If the curfew law is being this strictly enforced, then there will be several hundred other cases similar to T.M’s.
State of Florida v. T.M.
I am in complete agreement with the opinion that the principle wasn’t interluding and breaching the student’s rights. Students are granted the right to free speech, like everyone else. But like everyone else, we should censor our speech and what we say, when we say it, and how we say it. The principle was just helping out the student by censoring it for her, and preventing a long drawn out conflict that could be avoided. The principle thought that it would be best for the entire school if the pages with the students’ articles were not published as is, because in his opinion, they were corrupt and possibly even aspersive. In my opinion, it could be aspersive because in the article on divorce, it was said that a student had made comments about another student’s parents, and had it added to the article without getting their permission, which would lead to long drawn out fights and arguments with the parents and students who were involved in the situation.
Hazelwood V. Kuhlmeier
I have a loose interpretation of the laws and amendments that are involved in this case. Kids should be granted the right to free speech but there is a line where what is said should be drawn. This is not just students, this is adults as well. What I mean by this is you wouldn’t tell your boss you hate them, no matter how angry you are at them (well, I hope not). There’s a place where the line should be drawn. In this case, in the newspaper, students are free to express themselves and their views on things happening around them. As I stated before though, there should be a line. In this case, students were wanting to publish articles hurtful articles, though the students did not mean them to be.

I had to imagine that I were a student in this situation. I love expressing myself. So if I feel strongly for something, I’m going to express that. If you bring it up, I’ll debate it with you. If I get the chance to make my voice heard, I will speak what I believe. I know as a student it would infuriate me that my opinions were being censored, and I’d feel that I was being controlled in a way. While I would feel this way, after calming down and examining the situation, I know that no matter how upset it makes me, I’d know that the principle has only good intentions and that he is doing what he believes to be best for everyone.

Hazelwood V. Kuhlmeier
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