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Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier

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Amy Hallman

on 10 October 2013

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Transcript of Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier

Three students in the Journalism II class, Cathy Kuhlmeier, Leslie Smart, and Leanne Tippett-West, wanted to publish a 2-page spread in the Hazelwood East High School's newspaper, Spectrum, that discussed various problems faced by teens in life.
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier
Amy Hallman
the Problem:
The principal of Hazelwood East High School, Robert Reynolds, would not allow the article to be published, claiming that the article did not correctly protect the identities of mentioned students and their families, and that it was not written well enough to be published. The copy he received was not the final copy, which was edited to conceal those identities. The three girls sued the school for this decision.
the Background:
the Key Players:
Cathy Kuhlemeier
Leslie Smart
Leanne Tippett-West
Bob Stergos
Robert Reynolds
Francis Huss
John Nangle
Robert P. Baine, Jr.
Leslie D. Edwards
Howard Emerson
the Result:
Federal Judge John Nangle decided that Spectrum was not a public forum and therefore Robert Reynolds was allowed to censor it. This decision overturned , but later reviewed in the Supreme Court, where it was decided that Nangle's decision would stand.
the Implication:
The decision that schools could censor school publications as they wished limited students' rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.
the Analysis:
This case was a loss for student journalists. Although it was decided in Tinker v. Des Moines that peaceful expression of opinion was permitted in schools and guaranteed by the First Amendment, this case made it legal to limit students' peaceful expression by allowing school administrations to freely cnesor school news publications.
Works Cited
Walsh, Mark. "Student-Press Ruling Resonates From 1988." Education Week 32.15 (2013): 1. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 4 Oct. 2013.

"Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier." Great American Court Cases. Ed. Mark Mikula and L. Mpho Mabunda. Vol. 1: Individual Liberties. Detroit: Gale, 1999. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 4 Oct. 2013.

"Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988)." Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America. Daniel E. Brannen, Jr., Richard Clay Hanes, and Rebecca Valentine. Ed. Lawrence W. Baker. 2nd ed. Vol. 1: Individual Liberties. Detroit: U*X*L, 2011. 49-53. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 6 Oct. 2013.

Visser, Steve. "Students And Free Speech: A Civics Lesson At Hazelwood East." Nation 245.13 (1987): 441. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 4 Oct. 2013.

"Tinker V. Des Moines Independent Community School District." Supreme Court Cases: The Dynamic Court (1930-1999) (1999): N.PAG. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 6 Oct. 2013.
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