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Copy of Scholastic Journalism Court Cases

Review of 6 Supreme Court Cases relevant to high school journalism

Rachel Goodman

on 1 October 2015

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Transcript of Copy of Scholastic Journalism Court Cases

Zenger v. Crown
Bethel v. Fraser
Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier
Tinker v. Des Moines
Administration can censor high school journalism stories when there is an educational reason to do so
First test of truth against libel charge
Pre-dates the First Amendment. For the first time truth was successfully used to defend a libel charge.
no lewd or vulgar language in high school
"Students do not shed Constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate."
The story begins a long, long
time ago with an important
Supreme Court case involving
a printer . . . . .
Fast forward about 235 years
to a quiet little town in Iowa . . . .
Speech that is not disruptive is allowed,
like wearing an armband in protest
A few years later, a student
campaigning for a friend
gives a risky speech . . .
In Missouri, a high school student
newspaper editor and her staff
decide to run articles on teen pregnancy
and divorce.
Any school sponsored event
is subject to speech limitations
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