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Free Speech - Do Students Have First Amendment Rights?

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Do Students Have First Amendment Rights?

  • In recent decades, Supreme Court has issued somewhat confusing rulings on question of whether or not students have First Amendment rights when at school

Do students have a right to say what they want in class and during school activities? Do student newspapers have the right to publish articles critical of their own school administrators? What about articles that inflame social controversies or push the boundaries of good taste? Do school officials have the right to censor student speeches and publications?

To cut straight to the fundamental question, do students have a First Amendment right to freedom of speech and press?

On that question, the Supreme Court in recent decades has been clear . . . as clear as mud.

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