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Free speech activist speaks at Palo Alto High School

Original post made on Mar 26, 2014

A free speech activist visited Palo Alto High School Tuesday as student journalists got a sneak preview of the school's new Media Arts Building, set to open next month.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12:28 PM

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Posted by Paly staff
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Correction: The building will officially open in August -- not next month.

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm

It was only a few years ago that a local Democratic State Senator was able to get a law passed that provided student journalists the same protection as the legitimate press—

Leland Yee, PhD—Gets Law Passed Protecting Student Journalism:
Web Link

Well, now that Leland Yee, PhD., has been arrested on a host of corruption charges:
Web Link

it will be interesting to see how many of these so-called student journalists will be covering this story?

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Posted by Free Press
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Wondering: What do you mean by "so-called student journalists"? They are student journalists. Yee's current problems have nothing to do with their standing.

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm

"Wondering?"s "comment" shows that some people never miss a chance to air their prejudices on any given topic, no matter if it has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 27, 2014 at 8:08 pm

So what is the topic at hand? Looks like first amendment rights vs political correctness. Not politically correct to protest the war in 1965 Des Moines. Black arm bands were viewed as disruptive. How would red or blue armbands be viewed in many public schools today?

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Posted by Alice Schaffer Smith
a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Alice Schaffer Smith is a registered user.

I have used the Tinker case in first amendment training course to 7-8th graders for American Constitutional Society.

One might consider now just how far we have come from those heady days of suppression by school boards of free speech.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Didn't students at a Morgan Hill school get banned from wearing American flag patriotic stuff? The school administration said it was a matter of school safety. Where is the protest, Alice Smith?

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 28, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Recall the safety issue was that the day in question was Cinco De Mayo...and the on campus "celebration".

Was it right? No. Was it smart? Probably.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

What would Esther Wojcicki have to say about suppression of free speech at the Morgan Hill high school? Would she support a serious investigative effort by her Palo Alto high school journalism students, in order to defend free speech?

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