Michigan high school students rallied Wednesday on the steps of the state Capitol to Celebrate Constitution Day and promote legislative efforts to pass a student press rights law. The event was supported by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and SPJ’s Detroit and Mid-Michigan chapters.
SPJ and First Amendment supporters continue to speak out against Quinnipiac University’s action to punish the campus SPJ chapter for being friendly with an upstart online newspaper.
SPJ leaders this week sent a letter to Quinnipiac President John l. Lahey expressing the organizations concerns. In part, the letter says, “We hope that you will realize that banning a student organization for actions that are not only legal but well-intentioned would send a message across the country that the University leadership does not support the principles of free speech , free press and free association that are outlined in the First Amendment.