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Student Rights

Roger Patterson, Writer

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The United States Constitution usually applies to everyone despite age, race, gender, color and most other characteristics. However, minors act as a different group of people. Minors may experience suppression of rights in ways the rights of adults may not.

Administration has overall control of student publications. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1988 decision in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier gave schools discretion over school sponsored publications. Administrators can control the content only if their decisions reasonably relate to an educational concern.

This does not apply to any publications the school has opened for student expression. This exists when the school has given student editors authority over content by a official policy or by allowing editorial independence. In this situation, administrators can only control the content if it will cause a disruption or violates someone else’s rights.

Students have a right to exercise their religion freely. Students may freely pray, and subject to reasonable time, place and manner to prevent disruption. Students do not have to pledge allegiance to any government or symbol if it conflicts their sincerely held beliefs.

Students have a right to wear religious clothing such as a yarmulke, hijab, cross, or Star of David, as long as it symbolizes their belief. Students can perform school work based off of religious beliefs. The work still must meet the teachers’ requirements on an academic level.

Student have the right to express their personal point of view at school, unless it causes disruption of the school environment or violates another student’s rights. Students have the right to distribute religious literature or tracks on campus, and subject to a reasonable time, place, and manner, which makes sure no disruption happens causing failure of the learning environment.

Students! Perform some research to learn about student rights!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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