Friday, December 16, 2005

Student Reporters Sue School

School District Sued!

In keeping with the theme of abuses of power by public indoctrination, er, education officials, I present the story of two high school paper editors suing their district over prior review of their paper. It seems they don't believe that they forfeit their First Amendment rights when they arrive on campus.

Apparently, the fuss all started when the paper published a piece about the hiring of the new principal, and how the person hired was the 3rd choice of students on the hiring committee, suggesting that the students voices were ignored (wouldn't be the first time). School officials now want the paper to be subject to prior review before it is published.


I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

The price of living in a free society is that sometimes someone will say something you don't like. Get over it. If these students have a criticism, and it seems to me like they certainly have a legitimate one, then they have the right to voice it in a public manner. It is not the place of some school official to determine what you can and cannot say. What does this have to do with education, exactly? Are we trying to teach students that you can't criticize authority? It happens in the real world all the time. Isn't that the point of an education? To prepare students for life in the real world? Well, perhaps the point of a real education anyway...

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