Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier

PETITIONER: Hazelwood School District
RESPONDENT: Kuhlmeier
LOCATION: Hazelwood East High School

DOCKET NO.: 86-836
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1987-1988)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

CITATION: 484 US 260 (1988)
ARGUED: Oct 13, 1987
DECIDED: Jan 13, 1988

ADVOCATES:
Leslie D. Edwards - Argued the cause for the respondents
Robert P. Baine, Jr. - Argued the cause for the petitioners

Facts of the case

The Spectrum, the school-sponsored newspaper of Hazelwood East High School, was written and edited by students. In May 1983, Robert E. Reynolds, the school principal, received the pages proofs for the May 13 issue. Reynolds found two of the articles in the issue to be inappropriate, and ordered that the pages on which the articles appeared be withheld from publication. Cathy Kuhlmeier and two other former Hazelwood East students brought the case to court.

Question

Did the principal's deletion of the articles violate the students' rights under the First Amendment?

Media for Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - October 13, 1987 in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - January 13, 1988 in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier

William H. Rehnquist:

The opinion of the Court in No. 86-836, Hazelwood School District versus Kuhlmeier will be announced by Justice White.

Byron R. White:

This case is here from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the judgment of that court entered in this case is reversed for the reason stated in an opinion on file with the Clerk.

Justice Brennan has filed a dissenting opinion and Justices Marshall and Blackmun have joined that opinion.