Region: North America
Medium: Video Art, Film Video
Artist: Tulare County, CA high school students
Confronting Bodies: High school officials
Dates of Action: 1992
Location: Tulare County, California
Description of Artwork: Melancholianne is a video made by high school students about teen pregnancy.
The Incident: The video was censored by school officials because the video utilized profanity.
Results of Incident: The Northern California ACLU represented the students in a case against the school officials, and the students received a preliminary injunction to show the video in June 1992. Later, in December 30, 1992, the injunction was overturned by Judge Gerald Sevier ruling that the video constituted "obscene expression," and therefore could be restricted.
Source: ACLU Arts Censorship Project Newsletter, Spring 1993