How Far Is Too Far According To Region 8 Students

February 02, 2005 -- Posted at 8:30 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- In a recent study of one-hundred thousand high school students, one third said the First Amendment lets Americans go too far in their freedom of expression.

Half of those surveyed say the government should censor what we read in the newspapers, and see on T.V.

"What do students here in Region 8 think?

Lacey Ray is a student at Ridgefield Christian School in Jonesboro.

" I don't think they should have to. I think, if they got to the extreme where it made people uncomfortable, or if you had to be over a certain age to watch it, I think they should step in. As long as it's not hurting anyone, I don't think they should have any say in it,"said Ray.

Trenton Hoggard is also a student at Ridgefield Christian School.

"I think for content and what you want your kids to see, I think that it should definitely be enforced,"said Hoggard.

Obviously different points of view over whether the government should step in, but the students kept going back to another hot topic.

"Sometimes the media is too biased,"said student Daniel Morgan.

"These students agree there are at least two sides to every story, and they do notice when only one side is presented.

"Every station has a different point of view, and it's one way or the other. You can definitely tell they are picking and choosing what information they want to tell you,"said Ray.

Jan Hutchison says she opens the floor to her history students on a wide range of topics.

"I try to keep them up to up to date on things going on, and feel aware of what's going on around them,"said Hutchison.

Hutchison says the best way for the students to form their own opinions, is knowing about the events in our world today.