• “Tiger Tracks” with a little schnapps

    Date: 02.08.08 | by Judge Tom.

    The January issue of a junior high school newspaper in Des Moines, Iowa, came out with a little kick to it. Tiger Tracks included a recipe for hot chocolate that included peppermint schnapps.

    Once discovered, school officials pulled all remaining issues off the racks. Stilwell Junior High Principal Tim Miller described the oversight in the editing process as an innocent mistake. The student who submitted the recipe thought schnapps was candy, not liquor.

    Photo by Styleserver (Flickr)

    In 1988 the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case about school censorship and its relationship to student expression on campus. This was the Hazelwood case that dealt with articles written by the school’s newspaper staff about teen pregnancy and divorce.

    Find out about another case of school censorship involving a yearbook photo of a student holding a can of beer.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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