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ERIC Number: ED101464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb-25
Reference Count: N/A
Supreme Court of the United States: Wood Et. Al. v. Strickland Et. Al. Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, No. 73-1285. Argued October 16, 1974--decided February 25, 1975.
Supreme Court of the U. S., Washington, DC.
Three Arkansas high school students were expelled for violating a school regulation prohibiting intoxicating beverages at school activities. The students brought suit in U.S. District Court claiming violation of their rights to due process. The district court directed verdicts for the school board on the ground that school officials are immune from damage suits except in cases of proved malice or ill will. The court of appeals reversed the district court ruling on the ground that the school board had not acted in good faith, since there was no evidence that the regulation had actually been violated. Although the students admitted spiking punch with malt liquor, there was no evidence that the alcoholic content of the punch met the Arkansas definition of an intoxicating beverage. The Supreme Court agreed with the court of appeals that school officials are immune only if they act in good faith and with proper regard for students' constitutional rights. However, the Court also found that the school regulation forbidding intoxicating beverages did not hinge on the percentage of alcoholic content and that there was ample evidence that the students had knowingly violated the regulations. The judgment of the court of appeals was therefore vacated, and the case remanded for consideration of possible procedural violations of the students' rights to due process. (JG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Supreme Court of the U. S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas