Hazelwood V. Kuhlmeier. (school district v. student editor). Summary. q In 1988, the case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier was taken to the US Supreme Court. Journalism students at Missouri’s Hazelwood school district wrote two articles for their journalism class.
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(school district v. student editor)
qIn 1988, the case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier was taken to the US Supreme Court. Journalism students at Missouri’s Hazelwood school district wrote two articles for their journalism class.
qOneof the articles was about the effects of divorce on students and the other was about teenage pregnancy.
qThe school’s principal decided to delete the two pages of the paper containing the stories without telling the journalism students because he was afraid the pregnant students at school would be easily identified even though the story did not use students’ real names.
qStudentsfelt their 1st Amendment rights were violated so they took the case to court.
Did the principal violate the students’ First Amendment rights?
When writing articles journalism students need to abide by specific journalistic standards, including public disclosure of private and embarrassing facts.
This includes peoples’ personal information such as medical issues and relationships.