Because it was near the end of the school the principal decided to pull the

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defend himself. Because it was near the end of the school, the principal decided to pull the pages the articles were on. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school district. It said a school principal could censor a student newspaper that is produced as part of journalism class. A school has a right to censor speech in activities – like student newspapers or theatrical productions – that others may believe the school is endorsing. In these school-sponsored activities, school officials can limit speech so long as their actions are “reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.” Arguments for Morse This case involves student speech because Frederick was at a school- sponsored event. The students were released to watch the relay around school, and the students were under the supervision of school faculty and staff. It was during the school day, and students attending class trips are subject to school rules. This case is like Bethel v. Fraser . Principal Morse and the school disciplined Frederick for displaying a message that advocated illegal drug use. Discouraging the use of illegal substances is part of the school’s “basic educational mission.” Like in Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier , the school can limit Frederick’s message during a school-sponsored event because it looks like the school is endorsing the message. Frederick disrupted a school activity by displaying the banner and could have interfered with the work of the school by increasing drug use and promoting other pro-drug messages. Arguments for Frederick This case does not involve student speech in a public school, so Frederick should have the same rights adults have. Frederick did not attend or step foot onto school property that day. Only some of the students were supervised by faculty and staff. Even if considered student speech, Frederick’s banner was like the armbands in Tinker v. Des Moines . It was displayed peacefully and did not “substantially interfere” with school work. The only disruption was the principal’s action of crumpling up the banner. Unlike in Bethel v. Fraser , the message was not plainly offensive, lewd, or vulgar. Instead it was political speech about drug use, which did not involve sexual innuendos or cause a reaction from other students. © 2007 Street Law, Inc. 4
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Morse v. Frederick This case is not like Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier because the pro-drug banner was not part of the curriculum or an official school activity. The speech took place off campus at an Olympics activity. No reasonable person would think the pro-drug message was endorsed by the school.
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  • Fall '11
  • Supreme Court of the United States, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, Morse v. Frederick, Joseph FREDERICK, Bethel School District v. Fraser, Tinker v. Des Moines

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