Student expression: free speech vs. safety?

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new First Report from the First Amendment Center examines the sometimes-delicate balance between students' free expression and school safety since the 1999 killings at Columbine High School in Colorado.

“Student Expression in the Age of Columbine: Securing Safety and Protecting First Amendment Rights,” by David L. Hudson Jr., analyzes many cases involving incidents in which things students said or drew or wrote were deemed threatening to teachers or other students. It offers pragmatic guidelines for school administrators to consider in dealing with potentially threatening expression by students.

First Reports are a series of First Amendment Center white papers exploring important First Amendment topics.

See this page to download Student Expression in the Age of Columbine.