Monday, June 25, 2007

No More Bong Hits 4 Jesus

The supreme court today voted 5-4 to uphold the school's authority to limit speech when it believes that the speech is promoting illegal drug use. Story here. I am sure I'll have more to say about this later, but let me first say that I'm not surprised at all, given the makeup of the court, although I was hoping that Scalia would surprise us and side with the rights of students.

ahh well. for anyone interested, the full opinion is here.


Thus Spake Shmoo said...

But - i think it is just a little more narrow then that. Had the banner said - "End the Drug war now" or something obviously political in nature i don't think this court would allow it to be banned.

But - highschools are not free speech zones. That has been decided for years - the more interesting aspects are what happens outside of school grounds (like here) and what happens on the internet - there are many cases with myspace-type comments have been allowed to be regulated by the schools.. that is the fun/interesting area...

DJ McCurry said...

Yeah, I was a bit disappointed, too, but not surprised (though there was talk of religious groups and groups like the ACLU supporting the student's rights).

Heh, thanks for the comment on the Cooley Idol thing. Yeah, I'm a singer. Law school is just my back-up. ;-)