Presentation on theme: "H AZELWOOD V. K UHLMEIER The Supreme Court Decision on School Censorship."— Presentation transcript:
H AZELWOOD V. K UHLMEIER The Supreme Court Decision on School Censorship
C ASE B ACKGROUND The newspaper at Hazelwood School district was written by students for the students. Principal Robert Reynolds received a draft of the May 1983 issue and found two articles inappropriate. One article consisted of a girl in the schools hardships through her parents divorce. The other article was composed of stories of teen pregnancy in Hazelwood High. Cathy Kuhlmeier and two former students sued for their rights to freedom of press in 1988.
H AZELWOOD S CHOOL D ISTRICT Public schools are responsible for the safety and protection of their students by banning the articles they are ensuring the students education is not disrupted. School authorities warrant control over the schools classes and what was taught in journalism. School newspapers are a limited public forum. Activities in the school are a representation on the administration. Articles addressing problems in the problems of the district harm the schools reputation.
K UHLMEIER There is no evidence that the articles would directly disrupt the learning environment. The articles although controversial were done in a tasteful manner and students names were hidden. Only non-content based articles could be purged from the paper by the administration. The school had waived responsibility for the paper prior to the controversial articles.
S UPREME C OURT D ECISION The Supreme Court in 5-3 decision decided in favor of Hazelwood School District. They reasoned that the newspaper was under control of the school and held the schools name. The court stated that student speech was limited as long as the school had "reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns." This ruling gave school districts the right to suppress the first amendment rights of students with just cause.