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The First Amendment The First Amendment reads Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of press Yet in many instances these precious words which have through the years carried the United States to its progressive and successful future It has been violated by the sacred institution of public education The school newspaper is the means by which students can learn about events in their school or issues their town region or country Two articles which caused bitter debate at East Hazelwood High School dealt with Teenage Pregnancy and The Impact of Divorce on Students These articles were prohibited from being published by school principal because the articles involved students from the high school The schools newspaper is the means of communication between the students Students should have a right to the First Amendment It is true that the newspaper is sponsored by the school and therefore you may think should be controlled by the school However the students may have different opinions from the school officials If the school newspaper is to exist at all it has to be under the students control and supervision Some people argue that the schools have the duty indeed an obligation to introduce students to only the highest values and morals with the hopes that the students will emulate themHechinger 272 It is not the schools responsibility to determine what holds the highest value or morals It is our governments responsibility to protect our First Amendment rights of freedom of speech The principal of Hazelwood East High School censored article from edition of the Spectrum on divorces impact on kids may have lifelong effectsCarroll 271 The principal is wrong about censoring article because students like other people should have a right to discuss issues that could help them in the future The more students are educated about the issues of life more likely they will make better choices in their future
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