‘Bong Hits’ Case May Clarify Scope of Student Speech


By Gene Policinski First Amendment Center What do you think "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" means? The U.S. Supreme Court heard March 19 from lawyers for former student Joseph Frederick, who says it means nothing - and for the Juneau-Douglas, Alaska, school system that suspended Frederick for displaying it on a banner, who say it's drug-related and disruptive. Whatever the meaning of the "slogan," or lack of one, the case is not about bongs or Jesus - it's about the extent to which public school officials can or should . . .

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