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U.S. Supreme Court Justices OK Censorship of Student Newspapers

January 23, 1988

I am an attorney in practice now for more than eight years and I am a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. I can understand the high court's rationale in holding that "educators do not offend the First Amendment by exercising editorial control" in school newspapers in certain circumstances.

Nevertheless, I am morally offended by the hypocrisy of a school that, on the one hand, teaches constitutional rights, including free speech, and on the other hand, censors students' well-intentioned work product and limits their access to relevant and timely information. I am amazed that Reynolds found students' articles on teen-age pregnancy and the impact of divorce "inappropriate and unsuitable" reading for high school students.

DAVID I. KARP

Woodland Hills

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