The First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Obviously, the factor that most applies to us at the Dragon Press is the "freedom of the press" aspect- meaning that we have the right to say what we feel, unless it falls under that "slander" or "libel" category. But just because one CAN say something, it doesn't necessarily mean that they should- responsibilites that must be abided by are, well, common sense. As journalists we should be sensitive toward those we write about, and our audiences.
In the Tinker rulings, in the late 1960's, Mary Beth Tinker and her peers wore black armbands to school, signifying their opposition the the Vietnam War. Because of this, they got in trouble with school officials. This case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where it was ruled that students are allowed the freedom of speech. In the Hazelwood rulings, student journalised expressed angry feelings when school officials removed two pages of their student newspaper because the school officials felt it was inappropriate. It was rules that since the newspaper is school-operated, the school had liberty to censor the paper. However, some states, including California, have adopted Anti- Hazelwood laws- which disregard this law on the condition that students remain responsible journalists.