Cathy Kuhlmeier, Leslie Smart, and Leanne Tippett, juniors at Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis, Missouri, helped write and edit the school paper, the Spectrum, as part of a journalism class.
An issue of the paper included articles about the effects of parents divorce on children and teen pregnancy.
The school's principal refused to publish the two stories, saying they were too sensitive for younger students and contained too many personal details.
The girls went to court claiming their First Amendment right to freedom of expression had been violated.
The Supreme Court ruled against the girls. A school newspaper isn't a public forum where anyone can say anything, but it is a supervised learning experience. They did say however to look carefully before censoring anything to maintain their 1st Amendment right.
We hereby declare that Hazelwood East High School wins this case.