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Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988)

Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier is the third of four major cases handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court that address student speech rights under the First Amendment. Hazelwood involves the Court's limits on student speech in school publications, addressing the school setting of the speech as well as its content.

Facts of the Case

The First Amendment question arose when a high school principal deleted two pages of articles from an issue of the Hazelwood East High School's student newspaper, Spectrum. A journalism class produced Spectrum, which was published every 3 weeks and distributed to members of the school community and the Hazelwood community at large. Before distribution, internal school procedures required the faculty advisor to submit proofs to the principal for review. In his review ...

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