ERIC Number: ED317474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
From the School Newsroom to the Courtroom. Lessons on the Hazelwood Case and Free Expression Policy Making in the Public Schools.
Rosenblum, Warren; And Others
The purpose of this lesson packet is to raise issues about student rights of free expression in public schools. Included are preparatory reading material and two classroom simulation activities. The lessons are based on the U.S. Supreme Court case of Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, in which a Missouri high school principal and school district were sued by students for censoring controversial feature articles in a school newspaper. Part 1 presents the legal background of the Hazelwood case, discussing the U.S. Constitution and various court decisions regarding free expression, due process, and the rights of schools and the local, state and federal governments. Part 2 gives the background of the Hazelwood case, and discusses the development of relevant legal issues such as "public forum" and "compelling interest." Part 3 presents a simulation exercise, a moot court activity in which teams of students represent attorneys for petitioners and respondents, and Supreme Court justices. Part 4 summarizes the arguments presented by both the majority and the dissenting justices in the Hazelwood case. Part 5 presents a simulation activity in which students engage in a policy debate on the rights of student journalists. Included in the packet are profiles of former Hazelwood East High School student Leslie Smart and principal Robert E. Reynolds, and a teacher's guide to the lessons. (AS)
Descriptors: Censorship, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Due Process, Freedom of Speech, High School Students, High Schools, Journalism Education, Law Related Education, Lesson Plans, News Writing, Newspapers, Public Schools, Role Playing, School Districts, School Newspapers, School Policy, Secondary Education, Simulation, Student Rights, United States Government (Course), Units of Study
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment; Fourteenth Amendment; Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier