posted by Brandon on .
We are currently studying censorship. At my school, a recent incident occured, and I want your opinion of whether it qualifies as censorship.
An editorial was written about an occurence at my school, which resulted in disciplinary action. One line in the article mentioned that 14 students were expelled from student council for their poor conduct. We were ordered to remove this line from the editorial, as to not offend students expelled from the aforementioned organization (although they were not named). The removal of this line was justified by the administration under Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, becaue leaving it in could result in a "significant disruption" to the atmosphere of the school (the 15 students might feel humiliated). Wikipedia defines censorship as " Censorship is the suppression of speech or other communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body." Would this not qualify as censorship?
Years ago, the thinking was that since high school citizens are minors, the school acts in loco parentis. That means that the school takes the place of the parents while the student is at school. Schools had the right to censor student publications.
However, court cases seem to have changed the practice.