The State of Student Free Speech

Chapters: Quinnipiac University School of Law
Start Time: Nov 8, 2007 – 5:00pm

Event Description:

At this event, Professor Martin B. Margulies of Quinnipiac University School of Law (QUSL) and Anne H. Littlefield, a Partner at Shipman & Goodwin and an adjunct professor at QUSL, will lead a discussion exploring the authority of public schools to limit otherwise protected speech by students in light of Morse v. Frederick, 127 S. Ct. 2618 (2007) and Doninger v. Niehoff, 2007 WL 2523753, an ongoing case in the New Haven federal district court. This event is open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served.

Host Name/Address:
Quinnipiac University School of Law Faculty Commons

Contact Name:
Lauren Henault

Contact Info:
Lauren.Henault@quinnipiac.edu

Location 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

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    Via
    Chicago Indymedia
    Nov. 7, 2007

    Morton School Officials
    Pressure Students to Finger Ringleader

    Parents are shocked when suspension appeals meetings turn into interrogation sessions.

    Parents who have attended private meetings with their suspended students and school officials report that their students were offered reduced punishments only if they signed a confession that singled out a student as the organizer of the protest. “How can I drop the suspension if you don’t single out who was the ring leader of this disruption,” was what one school official told Joshua Rodriguez, a senior who is facing expulsion along with his brother David, a freshman.

    Danny Rodriguez, the boys’ father did not receive an answer when he asked if this confession could be used against his son, so he did not allow his son to sign it. David and Joshua Rodriguez have been suspended for 10 days and were served with expulsion papers.

    Other parents report the same senario in their suspension appeals meeting with school authorities.

    Also today, all Morton West households received a letter from school principal, John Lucas. The letter states that “On Thursday there was a minor protest at Morton West that involved about thirty-five (35) students. This disturbance was non-violent and was a protest against the War in Iraq.”

    The letter goes on to thank teachers, staff and administrators “for maintaining order” and thanks “the majority of students for not joining in the school disruption and for realizing that their education is more important than disrupting school.”

    The letter still maintains that there are only 25 students were the core of the demontrators and states, that these students refused to leave the cafeteria when told and “as a result of this gross disobedience and disruption of the school day, many of these students have been suspended for a number of school days and many of these have been referred for disciplinary action that will include explusion from school.”

    Parents of the demonstrators are wondering why, if it was just a minor protest and that “Throughout the day classes were held, lunches were served, and order was maintained,” why are the students being expelled?

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    Connecticut legal writer/blogger Andy Thibault is inviting local people to join a Facebook group here in support of Illinois high-school antiwar protesters disciplined by a thuggish administration.

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