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The First Amendment which guarantees Americans the freedom of speech has been debated for years An example of the First Amendment in debate is in the case of Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier In this case the people Respondents First Amendment rights were violated by the principal of their school Their rights were violated because the principal deleted two articles from the school newspaper which dealt with student pregnancy and the issue of divorce and how it impacted the school community He did this in direct violation to an agreement signed by the school officials which assured the students their First Amendment rights White et al 6-7 However the principal had certain reasons for deleting the articles He believed the issue of sexual activity was not appropriate for younger students and also he believed the girls referred to in the pregnancy article would not be protected even though other names were used In the divorce article he believed that the parents mentioned in the article should have some say in the opinions expressed Furthermore he deleted the pages containing the articles themselves because of time constraints He believed that the paper would not come out before the end of the year if it was delayed so he took out the two pages Unknown 1 This case relates to the First Amendment in a few ways In one way it relates to another case which deals freedom of expression Tinker v Des Moines School District In this case it is said that students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate White et al 9 Also this is an issue of freedom of speech This is because the articles written were the written opinions and expressions of the students in the journalism class The articles were employing the use of the First Amendment through the press which is no different than through a speech White et al
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