Katie KnoelkMrs. SheaEnglish 11-127 November 2017In the play 12 Angry Men, Reginald Rose draws attention to the issues of personal bias and prejudice and how those can cloud decision making. The jurors in the play must find a way past their personal views to focus on the rights of the accused. In the Supreme Court case Hazelwood vs Kuhlmeier School District, the justices must determine the extent of the rights of student journalists in expressing their views in school publications. Their decision goes to the heart of the 1st Amendment.Because Reginald Rose, in his play 12 Angry Men, creates a juror room filled with twelve distinctive jurors, all coming from different backgrounds, social, racial, and personal prejudices enter quickly into the room. Soon after some of the jurors come in the room where they are to discuss all they have listened to for the past few days, Rose hastily reveals their prejudicial thinking when juror ten tells juror seven “It’s tough to figure, isn’t it? A kid kills his father. Bing! Just like that. Well, it’s the element. They let the kids run wild. Maybe it serves ’em right” (Rose ). At first, the readers might be a little confused on the meaning of “the element,” but viewer can make an assumption he is implying a generic group of people which shows his prejudice and his carelessness for clear-cut facts. Rose introduces a juror who use to live as the 18 year old boy on trial lived most of his life, in a slum. Juror 5 gets upset when other jurors point out the boy coming from a slum could be the problem and defending himself he says, “I used to play in a back yard that was filled with garbage. Maybe it still smells on me.” Rose shows the bias juror 5 may have coming from the same background as the defendent. Until Juror 3 starts talking about his own son, the readers may not have realized his true reason for his bias against the defendant. Juror 3 brings his personal life into the room while thinking about the case, “I told him my son right out, ‘I’m gonna make a man out of you or I’m gonna bust you up into little pieces trying.’ When he was fifteen he hit me in the face. He’s big, you know. I haven’t seen him in three years. Rotten kid!” Based on this statement, it is understandable that he has issues with kids not respecting their fathers, which plays a big role in the case.