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June 18, 2018

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Underage Speaking: Limits to Student Speech
Last Featured: 9/17/2002

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Do students have free speech rights? Or do they give up those rights when they cross through the schoolhouse gate? With heightened awareness of school shootings, open teenage sexuality and world tension, high schools administrators across the country are struggling to balance the need for safety ### and order with the demands of creative and sometimes overzealous students. Administrators argue that some material disrupts the learning process and threatens the safety of high school students, faculty and staff, while students claim that the free speech rights they learn about in the classroom are violated the minute they walk into the hallway. Join us as we debate who should have the last word in school newspapers, assemblies and dress codes.

Jamie Raskin is a professor at American University Washington College of Law where he teaches constitutional law, criminal law and local government law. He directs the Marshall Brennan Fellows Program which sends law students into public high schools to teach about the US Constitution. He is the author of We, the Students: Supreme Court cases for and about America’s students.

Thomas Wheeler II is an attorney with the law firm of Locke Reynolds in Indianapolis where he represents schools throughout the United States in matters relating to students’ rights. He recently authored "Death From a Thousand Cuts: the ACLU’s attack on public education" for the publication School Board News. He’s an active member of the National School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys.

Closing Quote
"Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled. But some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage."

— Winston Churchill

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