Edward S. Muse


In Kuhlmeier v. Hazelwood School District, the Supreme Court held that high school students' first amendment rights were not violated when their principal deleted articles from the school newspaper. The Court stated that the school newspaper was not a "public forum" for expression which normally receives full first amendment protection. The Court further held that the school principal did not violate students' first amendment rights when he restricted the printing of articles due to the effect that they could have on other students.

The Supreme Court's decision will undoubtedly curtail students' rights to free speech and press. This casenote will first present a brief history of the first amendment as it applies to public schools. An analysis of the Kuhlmeier decision will follow, demonstrating why the Kuhlmeier holding represents a major step backwards for both first amendment freedom and the American educational process.