SPLC asks help to mark 30th anniversary of a case that suppresses student publications

Participate in Hazelwood Day of Action:  

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Student Press Law Center


On Wednesday, Jan. 31 (that’s tomorrow) we’ve planned events throughout the day to bring attention the corrosive effects of Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988). This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, which gives public schools the right to censor student publications. Now, more than ever, we need a coordinated effort to protect student journalists’ rights.

We need your help!

  1. Tell us on Twitter and Instagram why you think student journalists deserve better than the Hazelwood standard using #CureHazelwood.  (Sample posts below)
  2. Change your profile picture to #CureHazelwood to help support the cause. 
  3. Tune in to Facebook Live. At the top of every hour from 10am ET through 7pm ET we’ll have 10 minute mini-broadcasts from lots of cool people talking about the impact of censorship on student journalists and the need to overturn Hazelwood. We even have Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey (the named plaintiff and brave student journalist) as one of the guests.  Everyone will be broadcasting live from the SPLC Facebook Page. Make sure to like the page and follow us so you don’t miss it! (Full schedule here.)
  4. Check out our Hazelwood: Then and Now webinar: Hear from former SPLC directors Frank LoMonte and Mark Goodman and current senior legal counsel Mike Hiestand as they talk about what it was like when the Hazelwood decision came down and the rise of the New Voices movement in response. Tune in to our YouTube channel at 11 a.m. ET.


Check out these sample posts to give you ideas: