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Re: “A link to censored high school newspaper article, plus supporting video and documents on Springdale football transfer controversy

As per the Springdale Public Schools District Student Handbook found here:

A. Bullying means the intentional harassment, intimidation, humiliation, ridicule, defamation, or threat or incitement of violence by a student
against another student or public school employee by a written, verbal, electronic, or physical act that causes or creates a clear and present
danger of:
1. Physical harm to a public school employee or student or damage to the public school employees or students property;
2. Substantial interference with a students education or with a public school employees role in education;
3. A hostile educational environment for one (1) or more students or public school employees due to the severity, persistence, or
pervasiveness of the act; or
4. Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school or educational environment.
B. Cyberbullying (Electronic act) means without limitation a communication or image transmitted by means of an electronic device, including
without limitation a telephone, wireless phone or other wireless communications device, computer, or pager.
1. This section shall apply to an electronic act whether or not the electronic act originated on school property or with school equipment,
if the electronic act is directed specifically at students or school personnel and maliciously intended for the purpose of disrupting
school, and has a high likelihood of succeeding in that purpose."

And further to define cyberbullying:

C. Cyberbullying behavior:
1. Cyberbullying is the use of any electronic communication device to convey a message in any form (text, image, audio, or video) that
defames, intimidates, harasses or is otherwise intended to harm, insult, ridicule, or humiliate another in a deliberate, repeated, or
hostile and unwanted manner under a persons true or false identity.
2. Cyberbullying behavior may involve posting sensitive, private information about another person."

The Arkansas Student Publications Act of 1995 A.C.A. 6-18-1201-1204, enacted after Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988), clearly defines what guidelines must be followed for a student publication to be protected against administrative censorship and can be found here:

"Section 4. Student publications policies shall recognize that truth, fairness, accuracy, and responsibility are essential to the practice of journalism, and that the following types of publications by students are not authorized:

1. publications that are obscene as to minors, as defined by state law;
2. publications that are libelous or slanderous, as defined by state law;
3. publications that constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy, as defined by state law; or
4. publications that so incite students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violations of lawful school regulations or the material and substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school."

Put everything else aside. I encourage everyone to re-read both the article and the editorial without bias or pre-conceived opinions, and try to convince yourself they do not violate either of these policies. The subjects of their articles are minor students of the school district. What was the point of the editorial, other than to maliciously demean and humiliate the students in question. Point the investigation at the AAA or the District if you want to determine the validity of the transfers, not the children.

These articles, as written, should have never been published.

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Posted by ConcernedParent on 12/04/2018 at 8:49 AM


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