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hi i just finished my school newspaper and i think we should have a place where theres just newspapers. you can take information from my paper if you want but dont take it all. my aim name is “sik end ii” and my email is anarchyfortheworld@hotmail.com this is what i will distribute the first day of school. well tell me if you like it here it is in this post :
(p.s. it looks better in word)

Underground Student Movement Newspaper
By Colin
"In our system, state-operated schools may not be enclaves of totalitarianism. School officials do not possess absolute authority over their students. Students in school as well as out of school are 'persons' under our Constitution."
-- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas
First day of school, the great time where u learn to shut up when the teachers talking, obey all the rules, do all your homework, and never argue against the rules because hey adults know what’s best for our education. (Americas the dumbest industrialized country in the world) hey you better try to conform with whatever authorative people say because wearing a Marilyn Manson t-shirt will get u kicked out faster than u can say “bush didn’t win the popular vote but sits in the Whitehouse.” Oh I look forward to my time at this 2000 plus inmate penitentiary.
USM is an underground club of students that want to take as much power away from the school administration as it can and give that power to the students. We will do this by petitioning school rules that we don’t like (and don’t find educational much value in.) to join either contact (whoever you are)
Things you should (not) do in class: After the teacher explains something, laugh really loud and say "Oh, now I get it!
And now something every student should know there rights.
WHAT DOES FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION ACTUALLY MEAN?
The First Amendment guarantees our right to free expression and free association, which means that the government does not have the right to forbid us from saying what we like and writing what we like; we can form clubs and organizations, and take part in demonstrations and rallies
DO I HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPRESS MY OPINIONS AND BELIEFS IN SCHOOL?
Yes. Students in public schools – which are run by the government – do not leave their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse gate. This means that you can express your opinions orally and in writing – in leaflets or on buttons, armbands or T-shirts. You have a right to express your opinions as long as you do so in a way that doesn't materially and substantially" disrupt classes or other school activities. If you hold a protest on the school steps and block the entrance to the building, school officials can stop you. They can probably also stop you from using language that they think is "vulgar or indecent," so watch out for the dirty words, OK? Also, school officials may not censor only one side of a controversy. If they permit an article in the official school paper that says that premarital sex is bad, they may not censor an article that says premarital sex is good.


CAN WE SLAM A REALLY BAD TEACHER IN THE SCHOOL PAPER?
In your own publication, it's your right to criticize how the people who run your school do their jobs. But you can't print something about your teacher that you know or should know isn't true that makes him or her look bad. That might be libel, and that could get you into trouble

DO I HAVE TO SAY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE?
No. You have a right to remain silently seated during the pledge
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF A TEACHER WANTS TO QUESTION OR SEARCH ME?
You have the right to remain silent if you're questioned by a school official. Usually there is no problem with answering a few questions to clear something up. But if you think that a teacher suspects you of having committed a crime, don't explain, don't lie and don't confess, because anything you say could be used against you. Ask to see your parents or a lawyer. School officials, unlike police, may search students without a warrant when they have "reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated... either the law or rules of the school." But school officials may not search you unless they have a good reason to believe that you in particular -- not just "someone" -- broke a law or a school rule. But just because they think some students have drugs doesn't give them the authority to search all students
To check more of your rights go to aclum.org.

Always remember this: there is no permenant record!
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cool.

i like that you started out with some basic info on student's rights and useful stuff people SHOULD know, but mostly don't.

as always, if a teacher does get hold of a copy, you'd look better if your spelling was perfect. they tend to be fussy like that Razz a decent spellchecker can handle the dirty work for you, especially if you're copying a paragraph someone else wrote who can't spell well.

great work Smile

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thx im gonna put a link to your site on the final copy but i havnt figured out where to put it
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