By Julian De Ocampo ’13
“You should know that since you are a student in a private school, you have very few, if any, constitutional rights,” Principal Mr. Bob Ryan told me in an email requesting an interview concerning the right of the student body to freedom of speech.
Mr. Ryan was not saying that as a threat, but was rather describing how case law and diocese policy impact a private school. Landmark cases have determined students’ constitutional rights don’t stop at the school house gates – for public schools. Other court cases have found that private school students simply have to make do with limited rights.