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The Free Press and You: How does the First Amendment apply to student media?

If you and your fellow students want to air your opinions or have important stories published, the school newspaper is usually a good place to start.

But what happens when your opinions are controversial or the school doesn’t like what’s being printed in the school newspaper? Doesn’t the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of the press apply to you in these cases? Are there limits to your constitutional rights as a result of you being a student?

The freedom of the press provision of the Bill of Rights gives newspapers, magazines and other publications the right to print factual stories on whatever they see fit, controversial or conventional, without interference from the government. The framers found the concept so important that they placed alongside freedom of speech, religion and assembly:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

A student at Canon-McMillan High School got a firsthand lesson on freedom of the press in 2006. Student journalist Danielle Hibler wrote an investigative article about a dangerous practice in which kids cut off oxygen to their brains, risking brain damage or death, in an attempt to get high. Upon reviewing the article, the school’s vice principal said it could not be published, effectively censoring the newspaper. Hibler appealed the decision, arguing that her First Amendment rights were violated and that Freedom of the Press should allow her to convey what she felt was an important message.

Hibler said many young people who participate in the practice don’t realize how dangerous it is and don’t think they’re doing anything wrong because it doesn’t involve drugs and isn’t illegal. She wanted to tell people of the dangers, including the story of one girl who died, to dissuade young people from trying it. The administration feared that the article would incite other kids to copy the practice.

Historical importance

The Bill of Rights included the concept of freedom of the press because the framers felt that a free press is vital to a democratic society. If governments were allowed to suppress opinions with which they disagreed and kept those opinions out of newspapers and publications, then the free exchange of ideas would be limited in the public sphere, and members of the public would be less informed on what is going on around them. According to the framers, democratic participation depends on an informed public.

In King George’s England, nothing was allowed to be printed without express consent of the government. This led to the government suppressing pamphlets and publications that expressed controversial viewpoints, in both Britain and the 13 original American colonies. Some printers who wanted to air these views anyway, such as Thomas Paine, were forced to print up their leaflets anonymously and distribute them through underground channels. When the Revolutionary War was won and the framers drafted the Constitution, they severed government involvement in the press in the interests of promoting a more open dialogue in society.

Over the years, the American media has embraced this role as a watchdog of the government, using its First Amendment protections to hold public officials accountable. In fact, many refer to the U.S. news media as the “Fourth Estate” or “fourth branch of government”, fitting into the system of checks and balances among the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Accordingly, media personnel are often the first to report on any wrongdoing by public officials, and by covering routine press conferences and interviews, reporters help the public determine whether political leaders are acting in the best interest of the public.

During elections, the free press helps to inform voters about the candidates, the issues and candidates’ platforms, whether they’re running for president or city council.

Freedom of the press is also important in keeping the public informed of issues that, perhaps, the government would rather keep secret. An example of that is the Supreme Court case New York Times Co. v. United States, commonly known as “The Pentagon Papers Case,” which happened during the height of the Vietnam War in 1971.

A 7,000 page top secret government document that studied the U.S. military’s role, policies and planning in Vietnam commissioned by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in 1967, the “Papers” were leaked to the New York Times in 1971, and the paper began publishing a series of stories based on the study’s findings. In response, the government obtained a court injunction to keep the paper from publishing any further stories based on its classified information. The Time appealed and in court, government officials argued that the Times articles compromised national security while the paper said that the motive was actually political censorship, which violated the First Amendment. On June 30, 1971, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of the Times, and the paper was allowed to continue publishing its series. Justice Hugo Black offered a consenting opinion that highlights his reasoning based on the role of a free press:

“In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government's power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.”

A tough lesson for the high school press

By invoking the freedom of the press argument, the Canon-McMillan student journalist hoped to appeal to the school administration’s sense of a free press in U.S. history. But a key factor is missing here: the First Amendment prevents any government – meaning Congress, state legislators the president or any other elected official – from abridging the freedom of the press. However, it does not apply to the authority of owners and publishers of newspapers and media outlets to suppress or edit whatever they feel necessary.

Most school newspapers are student-run and student-edited, although schools and school districts pay for their printing and publication and serve as their publishers. As such, school district officials usually have the final say on any stories their publications contain. This a tough lesson learned by student journalists all across the country, and the issue even made it to the Supreme Court.

Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier dealt with a high school near St. Louis, Mo., where, in 1983, students saw two pages missing from their newspaper, The Spectrum. Principals there found two articles unfit for publication: one concerned teen pregnancy and contained interviews with pregnant Hazlewood students whose names were changed to protect their identities. The other article dealt with divorce.

Principal Robert Reynolds said the pregnancy article was not appropriate for a high school audience and that the anonymity of the girls interviewed did not provide adequate protection in the small school community. He also said the divorce article was not fair and balanced, since a student criticized her father without providing his viewpoint. Students were outraged with the decision – the authors of both the contested articles and the authors other articles on the page, who also had their work pulled. They sued, and the case made it to the Supreme Court in 1988, which ruled 5-3 in favor of the school district.

The court’s ruling said that, while students do not shed their freedom of speech and freedom of press rights at the schoolhouse gate, the schools shouldn’t tolerate student speech that “is inconsistent with its basic educational mission.” This includes writing that is “ungrammatical, poorly written, inadequately researched, biased or prejudiced, vulgar or profane, or unsuitable for immature audiences,” or that advocates “conduct otherwise inconsistent with the shared values of the civilized social order.”

The court concluded that the school administration was justified in finding divorce article biased, that the “frank talk” by students about their sexual history was “inappropriate in a school-sponsored publication distributed to 14-year-old freshmen,” even though it was not graphic. In the court’s majority opinion, Justice Byron White wrote:

“Educators do not offend the First Amendment by exercising editorial control over the style and content of student speech in school-sponsored expressive activities so long as their actions are reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.”

Hazelwood goes to college

The Hazelwood decision led to “a sharp increase in high school censorship,” according to Tony Mauro of The Media Institute, a nonprofit organization that monitors First Amendment issues. But it wasn’t until 1997 that the standards of the Hazelwood ruling were applied at the college level.

The particulars of the Kincaid v. Gibson case seem, at first, less controversial. There were no divisive articles or insufficiently protected anonymous sources. Simply put, college leaders at East Kentucky State University felt the yearbook was ugly. It had purple foil and a collage of random celebrities and political leaders that seemed not at all related to the school or the students. They held back publication, and yearbook staffers and students were protested.

In 1997, Federal District Court Judge Joseph Hood invoked Hazelwood and ruled in favor of the university: In his opinion, Joseph stated, “The yearbook was not intended to be a journal of expression and communication in a public forum sense, but instead was intended to be a journal of the ‘goings on’ in a particular year at KSU” and that the school had the right to censor it for not fulfilling that role.

An initial panel from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Hood’s decision in 1999, but the full appeals court heard the case in early 2001, and declared that the yearbook was indeed a public forum, since KSU was a state university and that its administration was not allowed to engage in censorship of a public university publication. Judge R. Guy Cole wrote:

“There is little if any difference between hiding from public view the words and pictures students use to portray their college experience, and forcing students to publish a state-sponsored script. In either case, the government alters student expression by obliterating it. We will not sanction a reading of the First Amendment that permits government officials to censor expression in a limited public forum in order to coerce speech that pleases the government.”

What do you think?

Like the Kincaid case, Hibler’s story eventually had a happy ending for students. Following the outcry over the censoring its newspaper, her article was published in the Post-Gazette and Observer-Reporter newspapers. A discussion ensued, and the school decided the article would be published in the student newspaper that April after all, preceded by a letter to parents that provided warning and medical information.

However, despite the willingness of some educators to provide an open forum for student journalists, many young reporters are forced to confront the difficult reality that, even though they have First Amendment free press rights, owners and publishers of the student press (often schools and school districts themselves) have the authority to censor their own publications.

What is your view of the role of a free press in the United States? What would the country be like if the framers did not include this provision in the Constitution? What is the role of a free press in a school environment? How do you think the Kincaid case would have been decided if it had been at a private university? Has newspaper censorship ever happened at your school? Should student journalists be completely free to publish without censorship or do administrators sometimes have legitimate reasons to pull stories? If so, when do you think it’s okay for them to do so? If you were a student who had your work censored, how would you react? What other outlets do you have for your voice? Join the discussion on free press and let us know what you think!
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3/22/2018
Plymouth WI
Lexi Schwarten and Carly Nelson
Mrs. Biller/PHS
As long as a student opposes danger in what they say/write, they should have the right to share their opinions and discuss subjects as they please. :)

2/27/2018
tampa/ florida
grace sharp
Bragg / PVMMSA
i believe that our 1 amendment right of freedom of speech is very limited the second that we walk through the school door , of course they have a good reason like disruption of learning , safety and the worst of all SHOULDERS ( distracting )

1/29/2018
Idaho
Zoe
Gibbs/ middleton middle school
I believe we need freedom of speech

3/21/2017
Plymouth, WI
Kaitlynn
biller PHS
I think that students have the right to say what they want in their newspaper and that they can write what they want as long as it doesn't cause problems or riots in the school from it.

3/21/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Morgan
Mrs Biller/PHS
I believe that students should have the same rights as everyone else. They can express themselves as along as they be responsible with what they are doing

3/21/2017
plymouth, Wisconsin
Alec
Biller PHS
Freedom of speech allows people to put what they want in newspapers. If this provision was not included then people wouldn't be able to give some of there opinions in the press. In schools it means students can also write about what they want but the school can still censor it because they own the newspaper. people shouldn't be completely free to publish what they would like because it can end up being extremely offensive to some people. If I were a student i would be upset if I were being appropriate with my story.

3/21/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Logan
PHS Biller
I feel that in this case students can express anything they want but not in someone else newspaper as the own and have their own rules on what is to go in it. That is like saying to an author to add something to his book because you believe it is relevant and important when to the author it is really not.

3/21/2017
Plymouth, WI
Anna
Mrs. Biller/PHS
I think that students should have the right to write what they want as long as it is appropriate, some things not everyone should be expected to agree with each other over certain subjects

3/21/2017
plymouth
jeremy
mr. biller/phs
Students voices should be heard, since a lot of us are smarter than the average american adult.

3/21/2017
Plymouth,Wisconsin
Gabby
Mrs.Biller PHS
Students should have the right to write what they want. There should be limits to what they write so its not graphic, but kids should have freedom of expression.

3/21/2017
Plymouth, WI
Grace W
Biller PHS
I think that the law should stay as it is. The government should not be allowed to say whether something is appropriate to publish or not, but the company printing it should be able to.

3/21/2017
Plymouth, WI
Kaitlynn
biller PHS
I think that students have the right to say what they want in their newspaper and that they can write what they want as long as it doesn't cause problems or riots in the school from it.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, WI
Brianna R.
Mrs. Biller/PHS
I think that students should be able to say what they want to say and be heard but if it is to the point of being rude and intentionally trying to get someone in trouble or upset then it should be stopped.

3/20/2017
Plymouth
Jenneh
Biller
I think that students should be able to put what they want on their paper. as long as it is appropriate. I don't think it i right to shut down someones opinion just because you don't like it. I believe that the students of Hazelwood were just trying to help.

3/20/2017
plymouth wi
Bennet
mrs biller
Students should have there freedom of expression kids should always be heard.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, WI
Ashlyn
Mrs. Biller/PHS
I believe that students should have the right to write what they want. There are and should be some limits to that knowing that sometimes kids can be irresponsible.

3/20/2017
Plymouth WI
Grace
Mrs. Biller/PHS
Students should be able to write about any subject or share any opinion, unless it poses danger to others. It is o.k to share opinions as long as they aren't threatening or dangerous.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, WI
Claire
Biller PHS
Students should have the right to express their opinions through writing. Since they are under the supervision of the school, certain rights can be taken away. Teachers have the authority to remove articles in the paper, but they should have a valid purpose to do so.

3/20/2017
Plymouth Wisconsin
Mitch
Biller PHS
Students have the rights to write whatever they want, and they shouldn't have to ask anyone what they can or can't write because they have the freedom of speech.

3/20/2017
Plymouth Wisconsin
Lukas
Biller PHS
If the high School students don't realize what they can and cant write then they should consult a teacher to find out what they can and cant write.

3/20/2017
Plymouth WI
Nora
Mrs. Biller
I think the students have the freedom to write whatever they want in the newspaper as long as it is school appropriate.

3/17/2017
Plymouth,Wisconsin
Kyle
Biller PHS
the students have the right to write about things going on in their schools newspaper. If their is controversy the principal/teacher should talk with the student on what can and can't be written.

2/15/2017
Tampa/Florida
Tyler
Ms.Bragg/Progress village middle school
Student should have there own freedom of expression and to have there loud voices heard. Which leads to a great cause.

12/19/2016
Hawaii,Maui
Jaden
Samuel Enoka Kalama
Our school doesnt allow any newspaper because of the violence that we witness on a daily basis; I mean i walk out of a class and i can see 2 or 3 fights already starting...

10/6/2016
California
Tiffany
Valencia High School
I'm a part of the School Newspaper ( now known as magazine ) and I find myself frustrated to being limited to subjects that I see on a daily basis. Subjects such as High School sports , High school dances , The staff , etc... I do understand that school newpapers are there to provide all the information regarding the programs offered but, I feel like it get repetitive over the years and students are tired of reading the same things over and over again. Censoring a high school newpaper is as bad as not allowing them to create one.

8/16/2016
tennessee
felicity
wchs
freedom of press is important and so is speech we should be able to voice our opinions otherwise we are just walking robots

5/11/2016
Olympia WA
Ali
Mr. Chang
Freedom of speech is important to kids because we have to defend ourselves. Kids should have the right of freedom of speech because they have to say things about stuff (ex. Talk about teachers, other students, somebody's’ pet gerbil, etc.) We need to talk about our problems to somebody that will actually listen. Some teachers you talk to won’t give you good advice (like “Just ignore him”) Really, that’s not good advice. You can’t ignore somebody if they’re bullying you. My friends tell me to stand up to the bullies. Which I do because i don’t take anything from anyone. We need freedom of speech because if you are being bullied and some kid makes fun of your mother and you let out “@#%@ you” There is the part where you get in trouble for defending your mother that does a lot in your life. I don’t have a mother, so I assume.

4/8/2016
Wentzville Missouri
Karlea
Holt High School
What's the point of having a school newspaper and freedom of speech if you can't use it? I feel that students should be able to create and write their own article/paper, but have a teacher check it so see if it violates any school rules or harms/embarrases anyone. Even though students should be responsible and mature enough to make the correct decision, not all students are. The decision is really up to the students on how they use the freedom.

3/3/2016
Wisconsin
Dakota
Plymouth High School Mrs.Biller
Students should be able to put what they want into the school newspaper and if someone is going to post something maybe ask and see if it's ok to do it not that you put something that is offensive to someone else and hurts someone

2/22/2016
Murrieta/CA
Trevor
Mr.J
Free Press is something that many societies hold near and dear to them. Free press is essential and the content in those papers should not be edited unless they are completely unappropriate. For example, a school should edit out any explicit content, but should allow certain things that my not pertain to school activity.

11/17/2015
michigan
felicia
edwardsburg
i think that if you didnt have freedom of speech in newspapers for these kids then what is the point of having freedom of speech anyways

10/21/2015
Plymouth
Anne
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
Freedom of the Press is a topic has been argued for a long time. Most think it is an important Right to have because if it did not exist then we wouldn't be able to speak our minds about topics that the government deems inappropriate. But also there are some limitations on what can be said.I think that is a good thing because people shouldn't have the right to go around spreading rumors or lies about anything. I think that censorship on school newspapers because if there wasn't kids could write anything that they want.

10/21/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Tony
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
I think that students should be able to put what they want in the paper, as long as it's not graphic, vulgar, or hurtful to someone. It's not right to censor someone's opinion because you don't like it. I believe that the students of Hazelwood were trying to help students with issues and that shouldn't be censored.

10/21/2015
Plymouth, WI
Anna
Mrs.Biller Plymouth High School
I feel as if teachers have a certain amount of censorship on students in high school. I feel as if at this age we know what we want to fight about. As we grow up we understand what should or shouldn't be presented as appropriate. If some teachers feel as if it is necessary to take it down they have to have a really good reason, and that students needs to agree with them as well, to take it down.

10/21/2015
Plymouth Wisconsin
Rachael
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High School
I believe that the government should let the news reporters put whatever they want in the newspapers. If they don't then the newspaper company should follow the government rules and the children should have their rights in school.

10/21/2015
plymouth, wisconsin
kelsea crawford
plymouth highschool
I think people should be able to say what they want in the papers, but with some censorship, like not saying bad language, not talk about drugs and violence etc, as long as they aren't saying something that causes harm to anyone it should be okay and I believe it does cover the first amendment.

10/21/2015
Plymouth Wi
Jodi Hinz
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High School
I think she should be able to post what she wants as long as it is school appropriate. If it hurt other people then no she shouldn't be able to post it. If it is in a private university, the rules may be different but students should still have the right to say and post as long as it follows the first amendment..

10/21/2015
Plymouth Wisconsin
Gabi
Mrs.Biller/ Plymouth Highschool
The first amendment states that you have the freedom of the press. So students have the right to put in what they want to the article. As long as they aren't interfering with learning and not harming anybody else it shouldn't be a problem.

10/21/2015
plymouth wi
noah
haese
My opinion is that a student should not be censored, and have the freedom to post what they want. If you start limiting some stuff then they will keep limiting more and more and then it wont be student media anymore.

10/21/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Dylonn
Mrs.Biller/Plymouth High Scholl
I Think that students should be able to write and publish what they want as long as it does not harm anyone. In a school obviously you cant right anythings like swearing or any bad things but you can write about your opinions and many other things.

10/21/2015
Plymouth, WI
Elsa
Mrs. Biller/PLymouth High School
I think it doesn't have to PG if it's in the Newspaper and that they should let the students put in what they want because it has a good message and it's not violating anybody's rights.

10/21/2015
Pylmouth Wisconsin
Haze Steiner
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High School
I think that students have the right to give information on something so people can know what is going on. They should have the right to say want.

10/21/2015
Plyomuth Wisconsin
Ana
Mrs. Biller (Plymouth High School)
i believe that a person should be able to publish what they want in the papers, but with a minimal censorship (inapropriate language, topics not suitable for the audience of the paper, ect.)

10/20/2015
Plymouth Wisconsin
Charlie Wichert
Mrs Biller/Plymouth High school
The free press applies to students because say you were making a story and the title was copyrighted and you didn't know .the freedom of the press protects you.

10/20/2015
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Sydney Tackes
Mrs. Biller, Plymouth High School
Okay, so yes, the First Amendment only protects against the government censoring publications, but that doesn't make it right for schools to smash students' opinions. It's not like any of the kids we're meaning any harm, they were just talking about things that were prominent in their lives and sharing it with people who might not be as aware. I don't think that's a bad thing. Plus, all of the articles were thing that are talked about in classes. It's kind of hypocritical for the schools to say, "The teachers can talk to the kids about it but if kids start the discussion themselves, that's a no no." That's not okay. We need to learn about these things to be real functioning adults in society and to shield us from these kinds of articles isn't going to help us with that. Being aware and educated is, and it'll mean more coming from our peers than from people twice our age or more.

10/20/2015
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Sydney Tackes
Mrs. Biller, Plymouth High School
Okay, yes, the First Amendment only protects against government, but that don't mean schools should be able to just cut off students' creativity, their voice. It's not like they were writing anything bad - they were trying to bring awareness to those who might not be totally in the loop about everything. The students who wrote the articles and did the interviews with the teen pregnancy and divorce probably didn't mean harm; they just wanted to talk about things that were relevant in their lives. They had every right to be mad about that because they weren't even aware of the change until it was done and printed. Plus in today's society, in Wisconsin at lease, you learn about sexual reproduction at ages 12-13. For there to be an article in a paper about it doesn't seem like it would be that big of a deal. It's a bit ridiculous for school leaders to go so up in arms about publishing stuff that teach/talk about in classrooms. It seems a bit hypocritical to say, "Oh, it's perfectly okay if it's orchestrated by the teachers, but if the kids start it, that a no no." I just don't agree with it. Adults can censor us and try to shield us from the outside world all they want, but the fact of the matter is we have to grow up, and going into adulthood educated is much better than going in blind. Censoring students isn't going to teach them anything except that having your voice silenced sucks. ( To be honest, if I were those kids I'd just print of my article and put it somewhere by the newspaper so it can still be read.)

10/20/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Hailey
Mrs.Biller/Plymouth High Schhol
I think that the students should be able to write what they want and what they think when they want to but because they are writing it in school the teachers do have a say but it should be allowed if its nit showing any violence or say anything that may cause riots or harm anyone.

10/20/2015
Plymouth/ Wisconsin
Zach
Mrs.Biller/ Plymouth High School
Anyone news writer can publish anything they went to publish. The first amendment says that the congress can't cut our freedom of speech. If any news writer want to post a thing that gets to personal, then a teacher, principal, or the person that the articular is about can talk to them about it. We can say whatever want to say and nobody can take that away form us. We have the right to say whatever we want.

10/20/2015
Plymouth,Wisconsin
Alex
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
I believe that you should be allowed to publish whatever you want as long as it isn't inappropriate, or negatively affects someone, such as discrimination based on race, gender, etc. but I feel like the school doesn't maintain the right to censor anything because it is against what they believe but rather they should only be censoring things that obviously shouldn't be published.

10/20/2015
Plymouth Wisconsin
Hana Goeser
Mrs. Biller/ Plymouth High School
I think that students should have the right to say what we want to say. If it starts getting out of hand then a teacher can step in say that they need to stop. We should be able to express ourselves without anyone telling us what to do. Why should our right be taken away for some school newspaper. These are our rights and no one can take them away.

10/20/2015
Plymouth Wisconsin
Izzy Kastelic
Plymouth High School
Teachers in schools everywhere have the ability to change student's freedom of speech, but they shouldn't. High school students have rights and so does everybody at any age. If almost everything that a student wants to speak is considered censored, then that student's freedom of speech rights are being violated. How is a student suppose to speak their mind and share their thoughts when teachers tell them that things they say aren't exceptable? If a student is being highly inappropriate and disrespectful then yes, a teacher can tell them to stop discussing those things because it is interfering with other's learning abilities. If a student is sharing their opinion then I don't think that is a problem because they are just trying to learn and speak their own minds. Students should be able to write whatever they want for a newspaper article as long as it isn't inappropriate and effects other people's learning.

10/20/2015
Plymouth, WI
Lauren
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High School
I agree that teacher should have some censorship on the students. Anything that is about taking alcohol or drugs in a harmful way should not be showed to the students. If it harms someone else then they will have to take it down. Outside of a school some of the topic will be okay to share about, but school is very different. If the school run the making of the paper then it's their decision and can do what they wish. On Hibler's side i believe that she should be able to share her article. It is trying to prevent the kids from doing the drugs.

10/20/2015
Plymouth. WI
Jacob Cook
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High School
Hmm controversial and interestingly juicy topic I see? Well for you I shall share my opinion. I think no matter what you say as long as it doesn't involve threatening or dangerous subjects then it should be allowed to publish. My schools principal will yell at you and suspend you for sharing your opinion on most matters which is an unfair illegal move on there part. But yeah, you should have your voice heard.

10/20/2015
Plymouth Wisconsin
Greg
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
I definitely believe that anyone should have the right to freedom of speech, or of the press, especially students. So many times I do not think that young adults are given the respect they deserve. If this had been in the actual work place, I do not believe that this would have happened. Although the newspapers are not that big at my high school, if this were to happen to me I would be very upset, and I would feel that my rights as a citizen of the United States were taken from me. I do not think that this should be able to happen at all.

10/20/2015
personal
Brandon grunewald
Riverview Middle School Mrs. Biller
I would say the freedom of speech is the freedom to say whatever you want.

10/20/2015
Wisconsin
Abbie
Biller/PHS
If the paper is 100% run and owned by students, then they should be able to write whatever they want as long as it wont influence violence, but if the school owns and runs the paper, then they should be able to sensor what goes into it.

10/20/2015
Wisconsin
Garett
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High school
I do not think it is okay to allow bad kids who have had multiple suspensions, detentions, or bad grades to be able to participate in normal class or sporting activities. Due to their behavior issues in or outside of class, they should not have the opportunities like most kids if they choose not to listen in class. I also don't think it is ok for kids with that lack of initiative to try in class should be put in that same class time and time again for a few reason. I'm sure the teacher isn't looking forward to the constant behavior problems again and again, and the constant lack of learning for those around them.

10/20/2015
plymouth/Wisconsin
charlie
Billard?Plymouth high school
I think that the student journalists at a school should be able to publish anything they want without being censored unless he or she has a reputation of slander or being inappropriate, but otherwise the journalists should be able to publish whatever they want.

10/20/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Michael
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
The issue of freedom of the press and the censorship thereof has been debated for many years. Each case is entirely unique, because of the circumstances and restrictions in each ruling. The freedom of the press is one of America's most important and unique freedoms, and is one way that we keep our government in check. Media was created to tell the world about news, and to do it in a fair and balanced way. One network that does exactly this, portraying news how it should be, is Fox News. This network is unbiased, and is not afraid to stick their nose into popular topics. Other networks, like MSNBC, are very liberal biased, and do not treat all guest on their network fairly. Now, relating this to school newspapers, there is a different tone that is portrayed through them. I really do not understand why the school system has the power to limit the expression of free speech, because they are a part of the government. The government is the one promoting these rights, and I don't see why the school newspaper should be censored. The essence of keeping free speech alive is to allow people, even if their belief is uncommon or unorthodox, to speak their mind, as long as it is peaceful, and is not discriminating against another group of people. In the case of the abortion and divorce article, even if the article was not published because the school thought that it was inappropriate and biased, it should have still been allowed to be rewritten, and edited to make it more accepting and factual. This keeps the newspaper reputable, and shows that it is not afraid of power, and reports things in a fair and balanced way.

10/20/2015
Plymouth WI
Cole Hauser
Mrs.Biller Plymouth High school
I think that you should be able to publish anything as long as it doesn't affect anyone in a bad way or discriminate any race I also believe that you should be able to publish what you want because if you can't then why would anyone read it because people like interesting stories and if a interesting story can't be told for example is a funny moment a friend and it can't be told because the government says it's offensive and the friend you published about said it was a funny story nobody would care for the press

10/20/2015
Plymouth, WI
April
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High School
I believe that everyone should be able to write about what they please in the papers, however if a school's newspaper is run and only run by students I believe that they should have the ability to publish what they wish to publish. However if the school runs the paper and owns the right to it then I believe it is right for them to censor what they believe is wrong to publish.

10/20/2015
Plymouth/WI
Derek
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
I think it was a good decision to allow the school to censor the newspaper because they are just protecting the kids in school and know that if they don't, kids would probably just take advantage of it.

10/20/2015
Plymouth, WI
Caitlin McEvoy
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
I think that the students should have the freedom to write their opinions for others to read. The freedom of press should apply to schools also, as long as the article isn't threatening or harmful to anyone or anything. Even as students, we are still American citizens, and we still have the rights in the Constitution. If a school administrator feels that a student's article is inappropriate, they should try to talk with that student before the article is published. Adults shouldn't just take an article out of a newspaper without first discussing the problem with the student who wrote it.

10/20/2015
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Isabell
Mrs. Biller/PHS
The school district seems more interested in keeping their reputation clean than taking into account the student's views. Schools are meant to educate students, how can they do that with censorship? It is only rational to let the articles be printed. If YOU taught YOUR students right, and did YOUR job as a teacher, you should have no problem exposing them with new information. It is the student's job to select what to take away with that info.

10/20/2015
Plymouth, WI
Allie
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High School
Teachers should have some censorship over students but not alot. School should be a safe enviroment for people to learn. I think student should be able to say whatever they want unless it is harming somebody else or taking away the learning of others. Articles in school newspapers shouldn't be censored unless they violate another persons rights.

10/20/2015
Plymouth, Wi
Kiara Yurk
Mrs. Biller Plymouth Highschool
I don't understand how a public worker of a public system has the right to censor my opinions. We're both part of the public, so does that mean if they were to say something I didn't like that I could censor parts of their opinions of rewrite parts to make it to my liking? No. So why are teachers get to change ours? It's violating our freedom of press and speech! We live in America, we have freedom of press and speech as long as it doesn't cause harm, provoke violence or come off as a threat. But with that aside, I still feel that censorship in not needed in a school paper. People should be able to understand and see the opinions of others. If the public takes that away from us it'll be harder for some to understand that yes, people do have different opinions and no, you're not the only one who has opinions.

10/20/2015
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Josh Jones
Mrs.Biller Plymouth High School
The teacher should not have denied the article because that is her right to publish anything she wants to a limit. Being that is a public school is another reason why he shouldn't take her rights. The article is intended to let the others know that what they are doing is dangerous and could lead to their death.

10/20/2015
Plymouth WI
Louis
Mrs. Billler Plymouth High School
I think that schools should have the newspaper committee vote on what goes into the newspaper, and not just have one person decide on what goes into it. It will still be censored to keep our school a learning environment but it needs to have the majority of votes to stop it from going into the paper. It would be a filter for the articles.

10/20/2015
Plymouyh, Wi
seth
Mrs. Biller
Free press should stay like it is because their are lots of people speaking their minds and I think it is very important that people do that other wise you wont know as many things or you wont no what's going on in congress

9/2/2015
Sidney High School
Casey Christensen
Mr. Faulhaber
I think the schools should let the newspaper reporter put in what they want. I do believe if they don"t it is violating the first amendment.

3/17/2015
Plymouth, WI
Korey Friederichs
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High School
How can a teacher of a PUBLIC SCHOOL which is a PUBLIC establishment take away the rights exercised in the first amendment. If any place is appropriate to exercise our rights excluding ones that pose a current and present danger, it is a PUBLIC place. If the story doesn't pose a current and present danger, and doesn't break the law it is our constitutional right to be able publish that writing.

3/16/2015
Plymouth\ Wisconsin
Luci Hoitink
Mrs. Biller\ Plymouth High School
Even though teachers have power to alter students freedom of speech when we walk in school they can't banish it. Students are American citizens too, and we also have the freedom of speech just like anyone else, no matter what age you are. The teens and children now are the future of the world and we should have the right to speak our mind and express our ideas, if it's appropriate. Although we should be allowed to write mostly what we want in the school news papers, I think teachers do, and should, have a right to filter certain articles out. If an article contains things that are distracting from learning, racial slurs, or anything that violates the first amendment then I think it's right that the teachers take them out of the newspaper.

3/16/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Luke Schneider
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
Students are citizens too, so they should be able to put what they want in the school paper because we have the freedoms of speech and press. However, things that are highly inappropriate or offensive should be allowed to be censored.

3/16/2015
plymouth wisconsin
jarrett neese
mrs biller PHS
I think a schools newspaper shouldn't be censored. because kids have ideas and opinions to and need to express them in some way. so why not in a newspaper were its peaceful and keeping kids out of trouble.

3/15/2015
Plymouth/WI
Amanda Krueger
Mrs. Biller/PHS
I think that without the freedom of speech or press our country wouldn't be able to function as a democracy because being able to express your opinions is so crucial in this form of government. But even this has some restrictions. I feel like speech and press should and can be censored in schools as long as it does not prohibit anything that would be deemed school appropriate. A lot of the things that people write or say that ends up being censored is considered inappropriate or rude and could be aloud if the wording was more civilized and kinder. School is supposed to be a sort of "safe zone" where everyone can LEARN, since that is what school is for. I enjoy reading or hearing people's opinions, but that is not the first priority of schools.

3/13/2015
plymouth/WI
Colton Buell
Mrs.biller
the kids should be able to put what they want in the school paper because they have freedom of speech and press unless they put something in the paper that is really bad against another race or stuff like that ,things like that should be censored

3/13/2015
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Lindsay Wollner
Mrs. Biller/ Plymouth High School
According to the first amendment you have a freedom of speech and things like that. So you should be able to post whatever you want in that newspaper as long as it isn't dangerous or against the school's rules. I personally think that they should be able to censor the paper because what if the kid's said something inappropriate? The kid's writing the paper shouldn't make it a big deal getting the newspaper checked either because they should be putting things in that paper that aren't inappropriate anyways, so they shouldn't be worried. It's not like it's more work for them. Also getting that paper censored is not intruding the first amendment, it may be the school's rules.

3/13/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Hanna Aukerman
Mrs. Biller/ Plymouth Highschool
The students should not have their worked censored up to a certain point because the first amendment clearly states that the people should have the freedom of the press. However the public school newspaper should make rules on things that could offend people. I feel like private schools are a little different because most of the people that go to them have the same views. In both cases really offensive language should be blocked.

3/13/2015
Plymouth/WI
Matthew
Mrs. Biller/PHS
The people have the right to hear what is going on in the world. To find out the current events in school. I think that administrators should look over the school press because it could contain a piece of information that could harm someones reputation. I would want my information revised because I would want to know what i did wrong.

3/13/2015
Plymouth/Wiscoonsin
Dakota C.
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
The First Amendment says you have the freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition. So you should be able to say whatever you want as long as it is not against the school or disrespectful. The kids should take responsibilities, so they can be more like an adult and have there more freedom.

3/13/2015
Plymouth, WI
Brady S
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High School
The school has the right to monitor and sensor what is printed and distributed to their student body. If this story will disrupt and possibly cause harm or a means to harm to these students. This is not the government interacting and restricting the press, it is the school because they believe that this story will disrupt the learning environment and be a means to further harm. Therefore the school is acting well within its rights to determine what stories can be printed to its student body. This is not an official newspaper or press.

3/13/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Cade Knaus
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
The first amendment states that you have the freedom of the press. So the schools article has the rights to put on what they want. Although I think it would be right to keep that off I think that it is okay to put it on because of the first amendment. As long as this article does not interfere with learning it should be okay do publish.

3/13/2015
Plymouth/WI
Nevin
Ms. Biller/phs
The first amendment states that we have the freedom of speech so that means we can publish whatever a person wants. But on the other hand like we talked about in class some of those rights are cut off when you go to a school for the safety of others.

3/13/2015
Plymouth/WI
Nevin
Ms. Biller/phs
The first amendment states that we have the freedom of speech so that means we can publish whatever a person wants. But on the other hand like we talked about in class some of those rights are cut off when you go to a school for the safety of others.

3/13/2015
Cascade/Wisconsin
Ryan K.
Mrs.Biller/Plymouth High School
I think that everyone should have the freedom of speech and press even in the schools. Its not fair that kids in school have limited freedom. Schools should give kids more freedom of speech and press. The kid was only expressing how dangerous it was.

3/13/2015
Plymouth ,Wisconsin
Logan Kulow
Plymouth High School
Students should be able to have freedom to write whatever they want, the only type of censorship should be offensive content of groups of people like race or gender or whatever. High school is supposed to be preparing students for the real world and becoming mature enough to read controversial stories. I would protest against the school if i didn't agree with the censorship, which I probably wouldn't if I wrote it. Students should have every outlet for their voice that they feel they need.

3/13/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Martha L.
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
In the first amendment it clearly states that people have the freedom of press which means you have the right to publish and write what one pleases. So the student's articles were protected under the first amendment as freedom of press so the school shouldn't have came in and took action if it was protected.

3/12/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Sydney Robinson
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
I think it is important for both students and the school to have freedom of press rights. Freedom of press gives newspapers, magazines and other publications the right to print factual stories on whatever they see fit. The publisher of the newspaper or other publishing sites have a right to censor out anything they do not feel appropriate for their audience. In these situations I think there were times where the school did use their censorship abilities correctly and other times I felt they should have left the paper how it originally was. On the article about the pregnant freshmen I think it was right for the school to censor the paper because this article was not appropriate for a high school audience. Although I felt that the school could of kept the paper the same in the Hibler case, because her paper was informing the student readers how dangerous getting high is.

3/12/2015
Plymouth\Wisconsin
Garrison Pierce
Mrs. Biller \ Plymouth High School
I think that a school news paper should not be censored. Kids have great ideas too, and if we give people the rights to take away their right to the freedom of speech and press. Then young people's great ideas couldn't get out into the public. The only way think that a school should have the right to censor what is written in a school paper is if it is distracting from learning, is nonfactual, or is under an unprotected type of speech.

3/12/2015
Plymouth/ Wisconsin
Tara Spring
Mrs Billard/ Plymouth High School
i think that freedom of the press is very important because the world needs to know what is really going on in the country. It is good to know what other people think than just the friends and family that you are associated with. Listening to others views will show us what the world is thinking today. It is also important to know the views of students. they are going to be the next generation and the world needs to know what and how they are thinking. if there was no freedom of the press then we wouldn't be allowed to say anything bad about anyone and everyone would think the government/world is good. But its not. in schools I think that press is not as important but people still need to know what is going on. There is an extent to letting high school press say what they want. They should not be allowed to put down the teachers or other students for what they believe in. There should be censorship because if there wasn't then anything could be out there for anyone to read good or bad. I would not care If my work got censored because I know it would still be allowed to be published.

3/12/2015
Plymouth/ Wisconsin
Kaylee Krahn
Mrs. Biller/ Plymouth High School
Freedom of the press means that you have the right to write and publish what you want as long as what you are saying isn't against it, there for I think that the students should have the freedom to publish with content that may be about drugs, because Danielle Hibler wasn't writing this article with the intentions of putting it out there so people know how to get high, it was published to show the people who do do those kinds of things, what it actually does to your body. As for the article about the pregnant freshman, I think that the school was right for not letting that be published, and the difference between the two cases is that one is being published as information and the other one isn't. Like the article said, schools should be able to cancel the publication of an article if there if the reason why is reasonable.

3/12/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Cory Haupt
Mrs Biller/Plymouth High School
I think that we should be able to publish what we want in our school newspapers if it is appropriate and for educational purposes. Some schools act as if their students have never heard of things like divorce or drugs. The schools should be able to censor it if it is something inappropriate though.

3/12/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Anissa L
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
Under the first amendment the students can say what they want, as long as the first amendment protects it. In this case, the article was protected under the first amendment and the school shouldn't have stepped in because the students weren't saying anything not protected by the first amendment.

3/12/2015
Plymouth/ Wisconsin
Kody Hitsman
Mrs.Biller/ Plymouth High School
The law states that students can say whatever they feel like that would have an important message for everyone at the school. A student has the same rights as everyone else they. They have rights, have freedom that doesn't deal with crime, and are free to say what they want as long as it is not a direct hindrance to the educational purpose of the school, therefore the teachers have no right to choose what we write about only if it pertains to fictional statements.

3/12/2015
Plymouth Wisconsin
Skylar K
Plymouth High school
The five freedoms that we have are great but some people abuse them

3/12/2015
Plymouth, WI
Kayla P.
PHS, Mrs.Biller
It's important for students to have freedom of press, they can express themselves in any way they want. I think it's also important that the school district is able to censor some things, like if something is inappropriate for the school.

3/12/2015
Plymouth, WI
Trevor Schaefer
Plymouth High School
I think if schools are supporting the school newspaper that they shouldn't control what they put on the newspaper.

3/12/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Cheyla Marcelle
Mrs.Biller/Plymouth High School
I believe it is the students right to post articles on whatever they choose because by publishing these articles they could prevent stuff from happening to others. For an Example in this article Hibler wrote about a dangerous practice kids where done and it could of prevented others from doing this practice if it were published. So, I believe that she should of being able to post that article because it could of saved many people from doing it. You should be allowed to say anything in the press you want unless it offends, is 'evil" or is threating.

3/12/2015
Plymouth Wisconsin
Matt Steckel
Plymouth High School
It is wrong for the school to edit the paper, and take certain things out. The articles they took ought were not vulgar, nor offensive. I'm glad that the students took it to court. It is wrong to censor things like that.

3/12/2015
plymouth/WI
DNemitz
Biller/phs
I think student newspapers should not be censored but should be monitored for swear words. this should apply to all school newspapers because students do have opinions, and have a right to share them.

3/12/2015
PLymouth WI
Natassja Gustafson
Mrs. BIller PHS
I think the kid should take place in this too instead of the teachers. Like responsibility.

3/12/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Alex Wodach
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
I think Kids should not just be kids and do noting they should take responsibility too like the adults and the kids can say whatever they want and they have rights to

3/12/2015
plymouth
josh veldman
biller
the law says that students can say what ever they want they have their rights and freedoms and are free to say what they want as long as it is not bad to the school

3/12/2015
Plymouth Wi
Ian W
J-Bill$
I don't understand why school newspapers can't contain things that a city paper can. The school version is just focused toward teens with things they care about and can relate to.

3/12/2015
Plymouth, WI
Brady S
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High School
The school has the right to monitor and sensor what is printed and distributed to their student body. If this story will disrupt and possibly cause harm or a means to harm to these students. This is not the government interacting and restricting the press, it is the school because they believe that this story will disrupt the learning environment and be a means to further harm. Therefore the school is acting well within its rights to determine what stories can be printed to its student body. This is not an official newspaper or press.

3/12/2015
Plymouth
Isaac F
Plymouth High School
The first Amendment says we have the freedom of press so I feel like should be allowed to write whatever they want as long as it doesn't disrupt the learning environment for the students. Other then that they should be able to say anything.

3/12/2015
Plymouth
Cheyenne Culver
Plymouth High School
I think we all have rights to publish what we like unless the content is inappropriate. Even if it involves drugs or anything not allowed in schools, if it's an educational message, it should be allowed.

3/12/2015
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Jenna Myers
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
When dealing with freedom of press in places such as school I feel that freedom for kids to express themselves is needed and a unique way to interact and grow in communicate what they feel in a place where their voices are often overlooked, but as students this freedom is more likely to be abused. Therefore I feel this freedom is need to an extend but the authorities above it should have the ability to edit to a certain extent.

2/6/2015
oconomoc
yo-avo
sli
i think kids should take on the responsibility too

3/18/2014
Minnesota
Austin
BlueEarth Area
the law says that students can say whatever they want they have their rights and freedoms and are free to say what they want as long as it is not a direct hindrance to the educational purpose of the school, therefore the teachers have no right to choose what we write about

3/10/2014
FL
kim
conniston middle
Although newspapers are allowed to print as they please, student media should have some regulations. School news should be limited to what is important to enrich the learning of the students, such as school news, events, and important dates.

3/6/2014
Wisconsin
Emma
Clintonville Middle School
I think that students should be allowed to write about whatever topic they want with absolutely no limitations. If they believe that a topic is important they should be able to write about that topic without anyone telling them that they can't.

5/17/2013
new jersey
draya
ps 15
i think students have the right to publish anything in a school paper up to an extent they should not be able to publish anything about other students without their consent or anything along the lines of teen pregnancy or drugs

12/9/2012
California
Melissa
Monache
The government should not attempt to regulate student media. Students should not be raised to confirm rather they should be exposed to controversial topics early on and how to react to them.

6/4/2009

Andrew
Trinity High School, Washington, PA
Any student in a high school environment can read what is being said in local and national newspaper; newspapers which can say almost anything that they want to say and print anything that they wish to print. In order to prepare high school journalists for this environment, censorship should be limited, if not restricted.

4/2/2009

Nathan
Trinity, PA
I think that since regular newspapers have freedom to cover whatever they want, so should school newspapers. Students also have a right to know about events, no matter what the topic.

2/18/2009

Kathleen
Corry High School, Corry, PA
As a student journalist, I deal with censorship almost everyday. Not only does this make it hard to express my opinion, it also makes it hard to convince others to see things my way. However, I do agree that the school is paying for the paper to be published and that they should have the right to remove articles that are too mature for students between the ages of 12-18 to read. Also, I believe basing opinions on people because of their race, religion, and things that aren’t under their control should be removed from the paper. A high school paper is a privilege, and if the advisor believes the article is too strong for the student body to see, then all their doing is merely saving the paper from lawsuits and possibly being “shut down”.

10/3/2008

Alissa
trinity high school, washington/pa
As a student journalist, I feel like the first amendment applies to student media. Our newspaper has to be approved by my adviser and then the principal and if for any reason they find its not fair they can pull the article all together. We are not allowed to give our opinions and for every person we mention we have to have that person sign off on the article and the quote. I feel this greatly affects the article because a piece is nothing without a little opinion. I feel as though if a student wants to become a real journalist they are allowed to speak of whoever however they want and it intrudes on our rights as Americans.

5/27/2008

Rebecca
Trinity High School (Washington, PA)
Students should not have complete say in what goes into school sponsored media, because it is being payed for by the school, which means they own it and should have full say in what goes into their media.

4/21/2008

Sujith I.
Nimitz HS, Irving, TX
The idea that freedom of press applies in government buildings is absurd, when someone walks into a governmental institution they surrender their rights. When the school is paying for the materials and the outlet of the paper they get to make the decision of what the paper is constituted of. In the Kuhlmeier case the school had full jurisdiction to censor what they did not like in their paper because it was a school sponsored paper. However, if this had been an independent student paper that was being distributed out of school and the school tried to censor it, then there would be a first amendment violation.

4/18/2008

Ana B.
Nimitz High School (Irving TX)
I think that students have the right to write about a subject that they believe is proper to expose to his or her public. The school has to let the students understand what is proper to published and what is not. After all anything they publish will be under their name so they must be careful of what they publish. Same thing goes for publishers and editors; some of the things they are aloud to publish have limits and several rules to abide by. We will always have the right to speak our minds and put it on media but we always have rules. These rules stop any tension that might arise.

4/17/2008

Ashley C.
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
A student newspaper is exactly that, a newspaper made by students, for students. Censorship on what is written would be denying the students of the right given them by the First Amendment. providing the materials for the newspaper doesn't give admininstrators the right to censor it. That is their job as teachers, to provide the kids with what they need to further their education, strengthen their voice, and get them ready for the real world before high school is over. Bringing up controversial issues would only stir emotion and get more students making a stand for what they believe. it would be going against the very essence of their job for the teachers to try and hold them back.

4/17/2008

Michael W
Nimitz High School (Irving)
Freedom of press in school papers is not really free. We are not allowed to say anything without approval from a higher personal like a teacher or principal. We can not just say what we want or how we feel eveything is censored. So my perspective on the topic is that we have no freedom of press in school.

4/16/2008

Emarric
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
Students, or any minor, in a public, governmental building, do not have rights. Even in private newspapers, censorship is everywhere. That is why editors get paid so much. In a school setting, where the paper is printed by use of the school's material in the school's name, the administrators have every right to be the editors that claim censorship on any article that they wish not to be posted.

4/16/2008

Joey W.
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
It is almost like a business. If it is a school run paper, the higher ups get to allow or deny certain things. Since it is a school news paper, the principal or leader of that certain newspaper is in charge of what goes on that news paper. If a student were to create his or her own flyer, in no way should the school or anyone else have the right to filter its content.

4/16/2008

Nick B.
Nimitz High School (Irving, Texas)
I feel that the school does have the right to pull stories and censor students. We have to remember that what we write is, in some way, going to reflect the school. People are going to see that the student who wrote it is from a certain school and is then going to judge the school based on the student's writing.

4/16/2008

Micah J.
Nimitz (Irving, TX)
For me i think there should be a limited freedom of press in student media. The school shouldn't just step in and say what you have to report on, however, they should step in and censor for profanity or some issues that can be harmful if it got out.

4/15/2008

Helen
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
Students should be able to have freedom to write whatever they want, the only type of censorship should be offensive content of groups of people like race or gender or whatever. High school is supposed to be preparing students for the real world and becoming mature enough to read controversial stories. I would protest against the school if i didn't agree with the censorship, which I probably wouldn't if I wrote it. Students should have every outlet for their voice that they feel they need.

4/15/2008

Shareef
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
The school/school board in most cases, if not all, watches over what journalistic publications distribute throughout their specified school/ school district. Censorship is a must due entirely to the type of society we live in today. People, students, and faculty take offense to different things and have every right to raise awareness if they don't agree with what is written. Another factor in this is representation. Offensive topics and controversial issues is not how schools or school officials want to be represented.

4/15/2008

Kati M.
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
I think it is ok for our school administrators to have a say in what we do and don’t publish in our school newspapers. Something someone else says could be offensive to someone even if their intentions aren’t harmful. But I don’t think school administrators should take something out of the paper just because they don’t like it. We do have the right to freedom of speech and press, but if we are representing our school then we do have some limitations on what we can say because we have a reputation to look out for. It’s not just representing one person it’s representing an entire school.

4/15/2008

Taylor F.
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
I definitely believe that anyone should have the right to freedom of speech, or of the press, especially students. So many times I do not think that young adults are given the respect they deserve. If this had been in the actual work place, I do not believe that this would have happened. Although the newspapers are not that big at my high school, if this were to happen to me I would be very upset, and I would feel that my rights as a citizen of the United States were taken from me. I do not think that this should be able to happen at all.

4/11/2008

Kayla
Nimitz Irving
The first amendment applies to every individual, including students. Therefore it is our right voice our opinions where ever we think is necessary. However, if it is through a school newspaper or other media, the school has the right to censor what they see fit. This does not prevent students from creating their own media outside what is sponsored by the school, and no one should be able censor that.

4/11/2008

Brittany I
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
A newspaper represents whoever is publishing and sponsoring it, so if the sponsor doesn't like what it says then they have the right to change it as long as the truth isn't being twisted.

4/11/2008

Robert
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
The US Constitution entitles us with a right to voice an opinion, no matter what the subject. However, my school participates in a media program called Viking View, and its been evident in past situations that this freedom is in restricted to our student broadcasters. It seems our school must still abide by rules that contradict what is entitled to us in the constitution.

4/9/2008

Dalton R.
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
Free press applies to every citizen of the United States no matter what age. So students should be able to print what they wish in school newspapers or any other kind of media.

4/8/2008

Jennifer
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
Being on the schools broadcast team, the first amendment is really important. But, I do believe that the school has a right to censor and monitor what we announce or say. There are a lot of inappropriate things that may be offensive to one but not to another. So all and all, it is good that the school monitors the things we publish or announce so it does not offend anyone.

4/8/2008

Megan E
Nimitz HS (Irving, TX)
I think that it is okay for school administration to filter what students publish in a school newspaper, magazine, etc. Officials obviously have to look out for the best interest of the students, the administration, and, really, the school as a whole. However, I do believe it should be accessible to the students what they can and cannot write about.

4/6/2008

Riane
Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
Whenever students are writing for a school-organized newspaper or for a journalism class, the school has the right to censor what can and cannot be published. The school has the right to make sure the paper represents the school how the school officials want it to be represented.

4/5/2008

Su
Nimitz, TX
The First Amendment should apply to independent student media. However, if the article is sponsored by a higher authority, obtain the right to censor what they publish.

4/4/2008

Naomi M
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
I think that school is a totally different institution than the government therefore the rules are and should be different. Although it may seem stupid, the school board has every right to filter information being published throughout the school. While some may feel it is violating their constitutional rights, it is necessary.

4/4/2008

Lindsey
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
A school does hold the right to restrict certain publications if they are inappropriate or going against the prior-known manners of a journalism class. Outside of a journalism class, student publications should still be monitored. The ability to publish work in a education establishment is freedom of speech enough. We as students hold rights that allow for our opinion, such as posting this particular comment; however, Student Voices still has their disclaimer: "We reserve the right to edit or exclude comments that violate posting guidelines, the policies of the Student Voices Project, infringe upon the rights of others, or violate the law." A school is allowed the same respect.

4/4/2008

Ethan
Nimitz/ Irving, TX
There is no doubt in my mind that the First Ammendment is a big part of what makes this country great. But in the situation with high school newspapers, there has to be regulations, rules, and at times censorship. Though I am 18, there are kids at this school. Stories that may be appropriate for me may not be for a freshman.

4/4/2008

Olinda
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
For students, school is where we spend most of our lives and, although not everyone realizes it, it’s a miniature representation of the “real world”, the world after high school where there are no safety bumpers and people would just as easily run you over to reach their own goals. This fact does not mean that we (students) receive the same benefits and rights from our school officials that a citizen receives from the federal government, because we have safety bumpers. School district officials must hinder our ability to create chaos, and create a haven for intellectual pursuit. That’s why they need to be able to edit our press, because there are childish pranks that are designed to cause chaos under the disguise of keeping the student’s informed. There is and argument that the editing of student press by school’s is taking away our constitutional right, but just like school districts restricting our right to bear arms is for our own good, them restricting what we can say is also for our own good.

3/31/2008

Olivia
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
In a class in a school where the curriculum is regulated by the state or national government, it is necessary to put some kind of restriction on material produced in that class. While outside of their journalism class, students can of course publish whatever information and whatever stories they want to, but for the sake of the public school system, there have to be regulations.

3/30/2008

Beau P.
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
I believe that students should be able to publish whatever they want in their school newspapers. Of course, I think that the school editors have the right to censor curse words and inappropriate pics and etc, but when it comes down to facts, stories, and the students beliefs, I believe that they should be able to write and publish whatever they want.

3/28/2008

Whittney A.
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
If publications outside of the school are not censored then it is not right to do so inside o the school. Either way people need to hear the truth and hear it raw. When talking about what is appropriate the question comes up as to who declares it appropriate r not. A lot of times it is someone perception on content that makes it inappropriate. I think student journalists should be completely free to publish whatever they feel and be especially because this might be the career they are choosing. What experience comes out of this type of "freedom of the press".

3/27/2008

Sarah C.
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
I believe that students have a right to write about what he or she likes to. The freedom of press should be offered to students also. Just like dress code, clothes with profanity are not allowed which should be the same with press in school. As long as the article does not contain profanity or threats, it should be allowed.

3/26/2008

Regina
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
I think that schools hold the right to edit and withdraw articles if the newspaper is published by the school. Here on Student Voices students have the opportunity to voice their opinion but Student Voices reserves “the right to edit or exclude comments that violate posting guidelines, the policies of the Student Voices Project, infringe upon the rights of others, or violate the law.” In the same way, school newspapers allow us, the students, to voice our opinions and they should have the right to edit that newspaper. To aviod conflict and maintain a controlled environment, schools should have guidelines on what can be included in the newspaper. If I knew the guidelines, I would not be upset if my work was censored from the school newspaper. There are other types of media that are outlets for student voices like video broadcast that are also censored. I believe that in a educational environment it is the school board and educators who have the control and they can do what they must to hold that control.

3/26/2008

Min-Young K.
Nimitz HS/Irving
I am definitely for freedom of the press, even on the school level. This is a guarantee of our country, and this liberty should not be infringed upon, that is, unless the liberty is at the expense of personal privacy and security. It should never get this far. I think the school officials did the right thing. It is okay to have a school paper talk about controversial topics, but it is not okay to put individuals in an unwanted and uncomfortable situation.

3/25/2008

Janeth G.
Nimitz HS/ Irving, TX
I do believe that school officials should have the right to censor anything they want in student newspapers etc. Yet they should have a legitimate reason for doing what they are going to do. They should also have a outline of what is allowed to be in the newspaper and what is inappropriate. This way the students would be aware of they are allowed to published or write, and this way tension between schools and publishers.

3/25/2008

Elizabeth W.
Nimitz High School (Irving, Texas)
I think there are limits to press rights for students. In a similar scenario look at the strictness of what we wear as students, anything racial, crude, or with a separate connotation is prohibited. Do people honestly think it would be any different in something that will be handed out to other students and perhaps seen by parents? If we look at newspapers something will be passed around the school and end up in someone else’s hands can cause major problems with the school. If a principle did allow such things to be printed than think of what the media would do, everyone would be on the case of the school for allowing such goings on to take place. Besides in most cases students in high school are fully aware of sexual activity, violence, drug activity, and so on. Although most assume, it is not realistic anymore to assume that students younger than fourteen have not experienced these activities; most are no longer innocent, at least not anymore, so trying to protect students from discovering these things is sort of mute since most, even younger are aware. Why should students like the student at Cannon-McMillan not be allowed to voice their concerns to their peers, sure there are going to be a few students that take the advice and twist it into some thing that they can use in a abusive way, but in life there are going to be people like that, so why should we prevent other students who are not informed from learning about the dangers of some things, the knowledge of divorce, or even the difficulties of pregnancy. Press is not only a right, but a way to be informed and sway others to follow the right path.

3/25/2008

Chad
Nimitz H.S./ Irving
The first amendment applies to student media in the form of a school newspaper. Whatever is going on around the school should be allowed to be published in the school paper. Although some topics are controversial, I believe that it should still be allowed in the paper in order to be discussed. Freedom of press should extend into the classroom and school along with local and nationwide newspapers. It's a liberty that is held dearly by most Americans, and we should be allowed to express ourselves and our opinions in the form of press.

3/24/2008

Harrison
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
In the case of student media, it is and should be legal for school officials to edit newspapers, newsletters, etc if the material is inappropriate because the media is apart of the school curriculum. The curriculum is regulated by the school district and not by congress, so why should freedom of the press be protected in schools? The First Amendment says that congress shall make no law prohibiting or abridging a freedom of the press. Does anyone see the words school or school district? - I don’t. The word was specifically congress. Student media is subject to edit by the school officials but it doesn’t mean they are going to edit out everything anyone ever writes or reports. What the school concentrates on is the appropriateness, so if an article is appropriate and respectful there should be nothing to worry about.

3/24/2008

Venayah
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
The First Amendment applies to students in media in many ways. As a students we like to to express ourselves in magazines or the newspaper. The First Amendment gives us the right and the freedom of speech or press. For example our school newspaper we like to discuss topics concerning our school. There are also teenage magazines that we read that talks about issues going on all over the world.

3/24/2008

Austin
Nimitz HS (Irving, TX)
Though I believe student writers should be allowed a degree of freedom in high school newspapers, censorship is sometimes necessary, and it is the right of the principal or teacher to decide what to censor. In the context of Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, the Supreme Court supported restriction of student press because of how the curriculum for the class was defined. I would say that if the newspaper is school-sponsored, the school has the right to censor articles. If a student were to create an independent newspaper, however, then that student should be entitled to his/her rights in the 1st Amendment.

3/24/2008

Dan W. Per.1
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I believe student journalists should have the same rights as journalists outside the school setting. Even with this belief I believe that some material should be edited, when it is pertaining to unlawful and unethical content such as drug abuse, etc., and profanity. I do not however believe that the district should inhibit students opinions.

3/24/2008

James M. period 1
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I believe that when the framers founded the first amendment, it was in regards to all environments. Therefore, I don't think it's right for schools to censor student publications. It is the right of the students as a U.S. citizen to be able to express their feelings. There was a case in our school where the principal edited a girls t-shirt to cover her belly, and where she didn't allow an article because she thought it was cause an uproar. I think students should be completely free to publish what they wan, as long as they have a purpose. If my work was censored, and I knew it shouldn't have been, I would be pretty upset about it. Everyone pushes children to voice their opinions, and where better to start than your school?

3/24/2008

Ron K.
Northeast High School (Phila. PA)
I think that students should have the right to express their opinions as long as it is appropriate and is backed up by actual evidence. I feel that the amendment should be followed by students and adults alike. Although if a student offends a certain party I think that they should not write anymore. I also feel that children are our future and they should have the same rights as everyone else.

3/24/2008

Michael D.
Northeast High School/ Philadelphia
I believe that students should share the same rights as journalists. But unlike journalists, they should only print what is appropriate. For example if there was an article which made remark about a certain student then I believe that the school has the right to edit that article. However, I believe that schools shouldn't try to stifle the opinions of students.

3/24/2008

Athina S.Pd.6
NORTH EAST HIGH SCHOOL-Philadelphia,Pa
In this case, I feel as though students should write what they want without worrying about the school officals editing it. Students in high school are covered under the 1st Amendment, they are American citizens also.Yes, school officals should edit the paper if the words are harmful and are telling kids to do the wrong thing.

3/24/2008

Loushun M.
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, Pa)
I believe that an article ran in a school newspaper can be edited be edited by administration if profane or bashing langauge is used. However the article should never be edited to the point where the context of it say something completely different than the original idea of the article.For example, if the original article said "food inspectors gave the high school an F rating" then administration can't change the rating in the article to an A because no there's no indecent langauge. If my work was being censored then of course I would be upset. In this situation I would evaluate If my article was rightfully edited. If my judgement says that they are wrong then I would have no choice but to take action.

3/24/2008

Amanda G., 1st.Pd
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I think that schools should be allowed to edit school newspapers for appropriateness when necessary. Although I believe in freedom of speech, the school has a say in anything that's being published in their school, using their equipment and their name. If anyone has a problem with that, I would suggest that they create their own underground newspaper or blog. That way they can write what they please without the threat of censorship by school officials.

3/24/2008

Mare' L.
Northeast High School
It's only ok for administrators to edit stories if it goes against school conduct. I dont think the administrators should pull the stories completly because then the sudents' voices wouldn't be heard. The administators should only be able to revise the stories and take out the inappropriate content. Students should be able to expreess themselves in whatever content they feel, whether that be editorial, art, music, or dance, just as long as it doesn't go against school conduct.

3/23/2008

T. L.
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
When dealing with freedom of press in places such as school I feel that freedom for kids to express themselves is needed and a unique way to interact and grow in communicate what they feel in a place where their voices are often overlooked, but as students this freedom is more likely to be abused. Therefore I feel this freedom is need to an extend but the authorities above it should have the ability to edit to a certain extent.

3/23/2008

Aleem H 1st period
Northeast HS (Philadelphia, PA)
I don't think school officials should be able to edit what a student writes in the newspapers because its a way for students to express themselves and their opinions. The amendment was written for everyone and should be followed by everyone. If I ever had my work censored I would be very upset because it wouldn't be my exact words. If everything has to be censored or revised then what's the point in asking students for their opinion.

3/19/2008

Jen S. 1st Period
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
Student publications is a way for students to express themselves. It could also be a way to see things from a kid's point of view. The articles should be free from issues like vulgarity, sexist comments, or racist comments. Otherwise students should be able to express their opinions or views on things teachers and other adults might not see. The point of this student press is to hear from students and touch other students. If the teachers are going to make up things and take things out, students will lose interest. This will take out the entire reason for having a school newspaper.

3/19/2008

Jackie!
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
School administrators have a job that entitles them to keep order amongst the kids. Therefore letting them put whatever they want into a newspaper, might not be the best way to keep order. Also, the school systems are not a democracy, they do not HAVE to have Freedom of Press. Where does it say that the school systems are democracies? That people under 18 have rights?

3/18/2008

Komal J., period 6th
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
Freedom of press is in our first amendment, but doesn’t mean that people can take this right as wrong way. It mean in school if a student journalist wrote a article and want it printed the way it is .it is wrong because student are in school to learn something , which tell us their knowledge is less than teachers. We needs our teacher to check our work and made correction of our mistakes, why because we are not that much knowledgeable. I believe that student journalists should not be completely free to publish without censorship. I don’t think so it is unfair with student journalists. Also if we let student journalist to publish whatever they want, they can get in trouble by publishing something wrong and everyone come to that person directly. Another hand if work has been reviewed by somebody else it will be easy to the student journalist to say my work has been approved by this person.

3/17/2008

Kim S - 1st pd.
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
The newspaper is a way for students to speak their minds. It should not be edited by school officials unless the words are inappropriate. If the comments in the article are true and pertaining to the issue, why should it be taken out? If I were a student who had my work censored and I knew that it was appropriate and belonged in the paper, I would go directly to the publishers. It is not their right to edit other peoples' work unless completely necessary in a case ok vulgar language for example. If the editors are going to censor what the students are writing, what is the point in the paper at all besides to represent what the editors want to say?

3/16/2008

Sarah F
Northeast High (Philadelphia, PA)
The school newspaper is used to express the students point of view. I'm sure that there has been censorship at our school and many of us just don't know about it. Student journalists should be able to publish freely without censorship so long as they don't violate any legal rights of others or break any laws. So, I guess there will be times that the school administrators feel that if an article violates the rights of others, that they have a legal responsibility to censor that particular article. But maybe they could ask the school press to change the article so it doesn't violate anyone.

3/16/2008

Sokol H.
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I think that the school district should try and do anything to make our schools better and more appropriate for us to learn in. All content that is inappropriate for school should not be allowed in school property but students should be able to say what they feel if it is not directed or hurting somebody.

3/15/2008

Shawn Y., Period 4
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I think the school has no right to edit what students write because they are protected by the first amendment. I don't know if this has happened in my school but if it has, then i wouldn't agree censoring or changing the students works. The framers gave us this right for a reason. They want people to say whatever they feel is right. If i had my work censored I would be mad and demand the school to restore my work.

3/14/2008

Diego B. Per.4
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I feel that the role of free press in school is so that students can express what they want, no matter if its appropriate or not. The framers did make the right to anyone and it should be follow by everybody. As far as i can recall i don't think we ever had a case in our school of censorship, but if anyone tried to pull it off the school probably would not allow it anyways. Students should and have the right to publish freely, however the school has the right to accept it or not this way still giving the right to students but making the one who decides weather it should be in school is the administration it self.

3/14/2008

Tyriek R.
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I would not ever give any school free press or no censorship of the school newspaper. Yes there is such a thing as freedom of speech, but come on, this is ridiculous. If you give a kid an inch they are going to take a mile, so if give you give a student the right for no censorship you will face dire consequences. We must remember that the newspaper isn't just about the writer, it represents it's school as well. So if you put vulgarity into the paper and a big representative were to read it, that would drop the reputation of your school dramatically.

3/14/2008

Jacki A. pd1
Northeast High School (Phila, PA)
Pertaining to high no, I don't think they should censor certain thing. We all know what going on in the world and what people are thinking. For an example, at my school, they did a protest on abortion. Some people had a problem with the pictures, but it was the truth. Why should you censor out the truth. In school, it should be anything that the student body really cares about, or what's going on in the school. I think that student journalist should be able to publish anything they want. Your in high school, you should be mature enough to know something, and not be childish and act as the young adult that you are.

3/14/2008

Timothy
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
In Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier the key reason behind why the principal was allowed to censor what was being written, was because the school was funding the publication. If you’re an employee at a major newspaper, all of your stories will be reviewed by the editor, who has final say in the matter of whether or not you get published, and if he decides your paper is not appropriate, then he can remove the paper from being published. I disagree that the other 4 articles on the pages were cut, if they made the grade, then there should have been some scrambling to get the newspaper edited correctly, not just block out whole pages of text. Censorship hasn’t really happened in the newspaper, we ask if we can write an article, if it passes the judgement of the teacher and principal, it will get published, if not, it doesn’t, we know that before we start writing. We have been censored on T-Shirt idea’s and class song ideas though, which I believe, under certain circumstances, that’s okay.

3/14/2008

Desjenee D.
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
Technically I don't think the first amendment completely applies to school media because we can print what we want but not exactly how we want it. If the principle doesn't completely agree or approve of what is trying to be put in the newspaper then the article is shut down or it has to be revised in another way. students can print some things that they want but the article has to be appropriate to the administration. So the First Amendment doesn't fully apply to student media because students aren't allowed to print what they want.

3/14/2008

Pat I.
Northeast High (Philadelphia, PA)
Free Press is something that many societies hold near and dear to them. Free press is essential and the content in those papers should not be edited unless they are completely unappropriate. For example, a school should edit out any explicit content, but should allow certain things that my not pertain to school activity. If i ever had my work censored and i felt that it was 100% appropriate, than i would begin a petition to get my article published or maybe start a boycott of the paper. Freedom of press is just as important as freedom of speech and in a way I feel that nothing should be censored as long as it is placed in the right environment.

3/14/2008

Tim C.
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I believe that free press in schools should ne censored if they are inappropriate. Students should not be talking about events going on outside of school. I'm sure that my newspAper has been censored but I'm not sure for what. I think that students writing in the school newspaper should only be able to discuss events going on in school

3/14/2008

Manh L. Per.4
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I think it's fine to censor some material depending on its content. Also, to protect the reputation of the school or what ever the content is directed towards. I don't mind censorship and if it's the best thing to do for something published, then I don't care if the school censor the material. Just like in the news, certain material have to be censored or edited to not cause a big issue. There are also many other ways to express one's opinion, so I have options, if one way doesn't work.

3/14/2008

Danny N. Pd. 6
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I believe that we, as young people should have the right to express ourselves. We can say what we want and express our opinions. The government or the school shouldn't censor our work whenever we write an essay or a book. This is who we are and everyone should have their voices heard. The First Amendment should not be abused.

3/14/2008

Hui Z Pd 4
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I believe the provision of the First Amendment to the Constitution only covers the public schools, and the government has no authority to interfere the regulations of private schools. Nevertheless, I think a good school should provide the widest freedom possible for students to express their opinions and point of views even without the requirements of the law, because school newspapers are not just informative media, but rather a forum for communication of ideas. And this helps developing students’ critical thinking skill. The Hibler’s case, for instance, is totally arbitrary because its initiative is to inform students the danger of cutting off the oxygen. And since Hibler is able to obtain the information, so others can also do it.

3/14/2008

Rodney L.
Northeast High (Philadelphia, PA)
The role of the free press in a school environment is to provide a way for us students to be able to speak our minds and express our feelings on concerning issues. I think there are reasons to pull some stories because students can take an opportunity to provide something knowledgeable and turn it into a horrific situation that leads to negativity. If I wrote something inappropriate, I would understand why my story would be pulled, so the only way to prevent conflict would be to follow rules and keep the stories school appropriate.

3/14/2008

Rodney L
Northeast High (Philadelphia, PA)
The role of the free press in a school environment is to provide a way for us students to be able to speak our minds and express our feelings on concerning issues. I think there are reasons to pull some stories because students can take an opportunity to provide something knowledgeable and turn it into a horrific situation that leads to negativity. If I wrote something inappropriate, I would understand why my story would be pulled, so the only way to prevent conflict would be to follow rules and keep the stories school appropriate.

3/14/2008

Tamara pd4
Northeast HS (Philadelphia, PA)
Our First Amendment right is one of the most important values that define this country. Freedom of Press allows people to express their opinions concerning almost every issue. Most importantly it allows people to share their ideas and speak out against what’s wrong in a society. Freedom of Press in schools should be applied just as it is outside. Students should be able to express their views concerning controversial issues and speak out against their government, including the Department of Education, if they have the basis to believe it’s not doing its job properly and efficiently. However, Freedom of Press, just as Freedom of Speech, is not absolute. Students, just like journalists working for major publications, should not be allowed to publish articles that are hate filled and biased based on personal prejudice against a certain group.

3/13/2008

Nicole R. pd6
Norhteast High School (Phialadelphia, PA)
I think The framers made this right for everyone and anyone under any circumstances. I don't think they should put certain restrictions on what people say, weather their in a school setting or not. People need to express themselves and should be allowed to do so.

3/13/2008

Enoch C. Per. 4
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I think that the district does have the authority to pull some material or censor it if it is too inappropriate for the school environment. Other than that the district or school should not have any say in it because it is our right to publish or say what we want. If I was a student who had my work censored for the right reasons I wouldn't care but if they did it because they wanted to or maybe it gave them a bad name or for any other wrong reason then I would react differently.

3/13/2008

Rachel P
Nimitz High School (Irving, Texas)
I think freedom of press at school depends upon the story. If a student uses the school newspaper to slander a fellow student or teacher then it is up to the administration to censor it. Also, there are so many privacy and confidentiality rules at school’s that it is difficult to give students freedom of press. As long as the article is not detrimental to a students well being at school or to the welfare of the school itself then it is alright.

3/13/2008

Stephanie
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
I think that censorship of student work is taken too far in some cases. Obviously, schools don't want to be put in a bad light, so they censor whatever students put onto paper. However, sometimes students are stifled too much. Schools try too hard to be politically correct instead of trusting students just a little bit more and letting our creativity come out in a constructive way. If schools wouldn't try so hard to be politically correct, it would be so much easier to have students' opinions heard.

3/13/2008

Israel G.
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
Well, I don't know about some people but I go to school to learn, not to waste my time running my mouth about some useless issue. In the real world, writers have to watch what they say because certain issues are very controversial. All people are given the right to Freedom of Speech but some people abuse this right with some rude comments. Instead of focusing on this freedom of speech issue, the government should focus on improving education and building more job opportunities.

3/13/2008

A. H.
Nimitz H.S. (Irving, TX)
I would never advise any school to give students to have free press or no censorship of the schools paper. Even if the students wrote and published the entire school paper if they were to one day publish something too controversial the school could be reprimanded for it allowing the content to be published. I believe that schools should always edit content of anything that could become public news, even if its as small as a school paper.

3/13/2008

Victoria K.
Nimitz HS (Irving, TX)
I personally think it is a good idea to have censorship of school papers. The students are not getting paid for what they publish and it is not a national paper so why should they be allowed to print what they want? Also, you have to take into consideration high school news paper. Some students are not mature enough to handle that kind of freedom. They might post something derogatory or a private matter the other students should not know about. Every school I have attended has had a paper that is always looked over before printed.

3/13/2008

Justin
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
Its a shame that American students cannot practice the first amendment in school, at least to an extent; but it's also a shame that numerous school publishers and editors abuse their right to the first amendment. I sincerely believe if it is true, ethical, and contains valid evidence, it can be shown.

3/13/2008

Joshua T pd.6
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, Pa)
I agree with some of the people on this page that said school is for learning. Some people can express there shelf thats what makes a person them thats why it is an amendment because its basically a god given right. But there is a line to that amendment depending on the environment your in. Like if your in a library you would have to respect there peace.

3/13/2008

Tinu T. Pd.4
Norhteast High School (Phialadelphia, PA)
I think the school district has the authority to censor student publications because some news can affect the students and teachers that attend that school. They should put limitations on what the students write in the school paper. If the school district doesn’t have authority then there can be abusive and implicit messages in the school paper. I think the school district should allow some certain publications, like how certain things are affecting our school educations.

3/13/2008

Ahdriana
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I think that administrators have the right to censor student publications. Students do have freedom of press, but some things are just not appropriate for school. It is understandable that a school would censor something inappropriate. I would understand if my work was censored because it was inappropriate. I don't think that schools should censor things just because they don't want to be seen negatively. As long as schools censor for the right reasons, I am for censoring.

3/13/2008

Corey H. Prd.6
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
The First Amendment is important, especially to students. Freedom gives us the right to express ourselves in a way we please. It isn't fair for the schools to be allowed to censor how a student feels or what the student wants to say. What is the purpose of having it stated it in the constitution if it is not going to apply to all and everyone.

3/12/2008

Karen B.
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I think we as young people should be able to publish what we feel about certain issues in the newspaper, magazines and other. It is also good to hear everybody size to the story. So we can younger, mid age, and older voicing there opinion about a issue. You should never put a young child or teenager down by saying can't voice your opinion Because sometimes there opinion may help you in some shape or form.

3/12/2008

Stephanie C. prd 1
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I think allowing the students to publish their works, may it be art, a poem, story or paper. It allows them to express themselves anyway they want. It also gives students the chance to voice their opinions on things they agree or disagree with. Every one, young old or middle aged should have the opportunity to voice their opinion. Every voice should be heard because they all matter.

3/12/2008

Jordan A. pd.1
Northeast High School
I think the whole point of having the first amendment now a days is that it's applied for everybody. Just because students are under 18 we shouldn't print our own opinion and the the government (school) censor our work. I think student journalists should be completely free to publish without censorship because we should have the same rights. If my worked was censored I would be upset because it's my work and I worked hard on it and I don't want edit something because they don't think it's appropriate.

3/12/2008

Gintautas Z. Period 4
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
Free press in a school environment, if allowed, should be given the same conditions as the one outside the schools. If they're willing to give the students the right to publish press, they should apply the same rules used in the real news publishing. Of course, the material that is completely inappropriate, would not make it on the papers until properly edited, but other than that, students should be allowed to put whatever topics they see fit. The only censorship that should be applies should be the same kind of censorship used in real mews publishing companies, otherwise the whole news publishing idea loses its point. If i was to write an article that happened to get censored, i would be furious and i would make sure every person in the school found out about it. The the students would still know what was going to be said, and they would also know that the school didn't want them to hear it, it would be quite an interesting situation. I think that schools should not censor the work of student journalists as it goes against the whole idea of them expressing their journalistic skills.

3/12/2008

Anu J.
Northeast period-1
I believe that we should be able to state our opinion without getting punished for it. Many people try to hide the truth, as a student I want to be able to get my views out there for everyone to know. Unless something is completely inappropriate we should have the freedom to publish whatever we want. The school paper is written by the students for the students not to please the administrators. This country gave us the right of freedom of speech and it's not fair taking that away from us because we’re students.

3/12/2008

Ummarah J, Pd. 6th
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
The role of the free press in a school environment is that whenever anybody publishes something in a school newspaper, nobody criticizes it. I don’t know if censorship ever happened at my school but, I believe that student journalists should not be completely free to publish without censorship. The administration should not censor the newspaper stories all the time. They should only do it when it’s appropriate. If I was the student whose work had been censored, I would feel bad at first but it will be OK for me. Because it’s better that somebody else fix your mistake rather than you get to know it later and feel bad about it. administration take out.

3/11/2008

David W. pd 6
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
I believe that students in high school should have their work censored as far as cursing and strong crude writing. I think this because the students are not writing there own newspaper but writing for the school. It's the same in real life too. If you are writing a article for The Daily News it has to be approved. If the students don't use bad langauge then I feel that they should write their opinion.

3/11/2008

Dongwhi S.
Northeast High School (Philadelphia, PA)
In my opinion, even though we do have a freedom of press, at certain circumstance, school should have right to censor students' newspaper if it contains inappropriate theme. In this kind of situation, we should look at this as promoting common good. By giving up certain rights we have, we could promote common good by keeping our school's reputation. For example, if there are incidents where really embarrassing or inappropriate articles in school's newspaper, it will hurts our school's reputation. Therefore, I think, in certain circumstance,we should give up this right so we can promote common good.

3/11/2008

Wenchao Z P.1
Northeast high school (Philadelphia, PA)
I strongly disagree that the districts and school officials can edit legally the student press that violates our right to convey the opinions. In my school, I don’t think we have enough freedom to press journalists at school such as something relate to the disadvantages of school. The school officials must censor it even reject the journalist because they are afraid of that student publics the story that affect the reputation of the school. Therefore, they always dissemble the fact and never realize the mistake without any improvement. I really condemn to the censorship that limit our right.

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