Freedom of Speech and Adolescent Public School Students
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June 1, 2008
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2008
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'.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5
Keywords: First Amendment, student speech, adolescence, psychiatry, psychology, social science, bullying, harassment
Date posted: July 14, 2008