Student Rights : Censorship, Privacy, And Speech

1695 WordsJan 5, 20167 Pages
In the United States, students have slightly different rights in school than outside of school. While outside of school, students are considered and viewed as normal members of society. However, when in school, different things are expected of students. That is why students have slightly different rights in school than outside. The supreme court has taken many cases related to students that cover all areas of their rights. This paper will cover three main areas of student rights: censorship, privacy, and speech. Students ' censorship rights are one of the rights that are different from the outside world. Unlike the news, which can 't be censored at all in the United States, school papers can be censored under certain circumstances. For example, in the supreme court case "Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier," a school paper from a Journalism class was censored for having an article about a divorce and two teenage pregnancies in the school and included close examples that were almost specific to the students involved. The principal of the school told them that even though their names were changed, the students in the articles were too specific and that they had to remove the articles to protect their privacy. However, since there was no time to edit the articles before pressing, the pages had to be removed entirely from the paper. Eventually, the students took their case to their district court, arguing that the school 's actions were unconstitutional and violated their first amendment
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