ERIC Number: ED162342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
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A Ban on Prior Restraint in High Schools: The Aftermath of the "Fujishima" Decision.
Trager, Robert; Dickerson, Donna L.
After a unique court decision forbidding prior restraint in public high school publications in three states, a study was devised based on the responses to individual questionnaires sent to principals, faculty advisers, and student editors in each of the schools in the judicial district involved in the decision. Respondents answered questions concerning school size and location, frequency of newspaper distribution, newspaper sponsorship, and supervision of the paper. Other questions dealt with censorship, underground newspapers, freedom in high school newspapers, and personal familiarity with the court decision. Advisers and principals answered additional questions regarding their journalism experience and training and their practices for reviewing printed material. The results disclosed the following: only 10% of the advisors and 15% of the principals were familiar with the court decision; the decision did not precipitate an increase in campus disruptions; the journalism atmosphere was less restrictive in large communities and schools; and principals and advisers with academic or professional backgrounds tended to give students more freedom. The lack of consistency among the schools in permitting student freedom indicated that the court decision had little effect on high school journalism. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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