The First Amendment rights of high school students and their student newspapers [electronic resource] /
THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
AND THEIR STUDENT NEWSPAPERS
Teresa June Boggs
The greatest of all human rights are the freedoms of speech and expression
included within the First Amendment to the Constitution. These allow all
Americans to say what they feel, dress as they want, and print opinions that may not
always be popular.
Throughout time journalists of all ages have endured criticism for printing
questionable and controversial information. In student newspapers, however, rarely
does one find a story of consequence, one that sparks criticism and casts a light of
upheaval on the school system that supports it.
Student journalists across America have become victims of limited speech,
whether by choice, by the hand of their teacher, or the jurisdiction of their
administration. Research indicates that students are printing a very limited number
of stories with any type of controversial content. All this would suggest a system of
gatekeeping and an authority exercising censorship of student newspaper content, a
direct violation of the First Amendment rights of high school students.
School:West Virginia University
School Location:USA - West Virginia
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:freedom of speech the press journalism high school
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