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Freedom of Speech and Adolescent Public School Students

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2008

5 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2008  

Murad Hussain

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Date Written: June 1, 2008

Abstract

Federal judges' assumptions about adolescent development - and about teenagers' susceptibility to the words of their peers - influence their conclusions about how freely public school students may exercise their First Amendment speech rights. Written for a non-legal audience of psychiatrists and psychologists, this essay surveys the state of First Amendment law at both the U.S. Supreme Court and circuit court levels. The piece also explores the 'conventional wisdom' about adolescent vulnerability offered by both Justice Alito's concurrence in 'Morse v. Frederick' and Judge Reinhardt's opinion in the now-vacated Ninth Circuit decision of 'Harper v. Poway Unified School District'.

Keywords: First Amendment, student speech, adolescence, psychiatry, psychology, social science, bullying, harassment

Suggested Citation

Hussain, Murad, Freedom of Speech and Adolescent Public School Students (June 1, 2008). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1159553

Murad Hussain (Contact Author)

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