Student Rights

Minor children do not have the same constitutionally-protected rights as do ordinary adult citizens. Parents and other authority figures can make rules for children that may have the effect of restricting, for example, young peoples’ freedom of speech or religious exercise. School officials often act as authority figures in the lives of young people. Because they are government actors, the actions of public school officials may be limited by Bill of Rights protections to some extent.

Top Stories

Student Free-Speech bill Passes KY. Senate
Date: 02/20/15
Source: The Glasgow Daily Times

New Jersey Student Wins Court Case to Keep ‘Under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance
Date: 02/06/15
Source: Fox News

Oberlin College Denies Request to Suspend Failing Grades to Give Relief to Students Who Demonstrated
Date: 12/16/14

Dearborn Heights Honor Student Suspended Rest of School Year for Knife
Date: 10/13/14

Madison County Schools Sued After Disciplining Student Over Nude Photo
Date: 9/23/14
Source: The Clarion-Ledger

Students in Tottenville Protest High School’s Strict New Dress Code
Date: 9/15/14
Source: ABC 7 New York

Officials Want 12 Scotlandville Magnet High Students Expelled for Fighting
Date: 9/9/14
Source: WAFB Baton Rouge

New Jersey Parents And Students Boycott First Day Of School
Date: 9/5/14
Source: Huffington Post

Dress-code flap: Does embarrassing students with ‘shame suit’ violate their rights?
Date: 9/5/14
Source: Yahoo News

Parents: Colerain students expelled due to race
Date: 9/3/14

Prayer at football games sparks controversy in Apopka
Date: 8/29/14