At the close of the 1986 Term the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion which expanded the authority of school administrators and governing boards in the area of first amendment student speech disputes. In Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, the Court held that school authorities could discipline a student for giving a speech during a high school assembly which contained a sexual innuendo. Bethel School District represents a new direction by the Supreme Court in analyzing student speech conflicts. The Court's opinion is a departure from a protective first amendment analysis to one which permits local governing boards to set the standard in their own school district.
The Expanded Role of School Administrators and Governing Boards in First Amendment Student Speech Disputes: Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, 17 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.