Posted by Ron Coleman on March 17, 2008
Nicole Black looks at an issue everyone has an opinion about but few people really understand — what the law does and does not allow school administrators to do to deal with student “dissent”:
It is the thorn in the side of every school administrator: organized student dissent, which “substantially and materially interfere[s]” with schoolwork and discipline.
She writes about a recent Second Circuit case, still pending, that tests the parameters of this issue.
I know, why bother learning about something when you can go straight to havin an opinion, but still — you’d like to have the option.
I actually talked my way into being admitted to the college of my choice largely on the “merits” of a jejune, but nervy, “underground newspaper” that a few fellows had been publishing and invited me to join in on — the Semi-Monthly off the Wall News. It was the beginning of a career in a certain kind of subversion that is still with me.
But I never really doubted at the time that Hightstown High could have shut us down if they’d wanted to. I’m still not so sure.