March 23, 2018

ABA Legal Fact Check explores First Amendment rights for public school students

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2018 — The American Bar Association posted today a new ABA Legal Fact Check that might be helpful for your coverage of Saturday’s “March For Our Lives” in Washington, D.C., and other regions of the country and for any continuing reporting of the activities of high school students in this movement and other First Amendment areas.

The fact check explores First Amendment rights for public school students as defined by key U.S. Supreme Court decisions. It also examines how in loco parentis, a concept deeply rooted in British and American common law giving schools decision-making control over student life, has evolved in the United States since the earliest court cases in the 1860s.

ABA Legal Fact Check seeks to help the media and public find dependable answers and explanations to sometimes confusing legal questions and issues. The URL for the site is Follow us on twitter @ABAFactCheck.

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