I just read this story that a 5th grader was suspended from school in Colorado for wearing a crudely written homemade t-shirt that read "Obama a terrorist's best friend."
According to the article at Colorado Independent.com, The young boys father Dan Dalton who told Fox 31 News, “It’s the public school system, Let’s be honest, it’s full of liberal loons.”
What amazes me is when a "conservative" does something like this and gets in trouble it is because of all the liberal loons in the system, when a "liberal" does some randon act of expression, conservatives consider it unpatriotic.
Evidently the eleven-year-old young man, Daxx Dalton wore a crudely handwritten shirt the day Aurora Frontier K-8 students were urged to wear red, white and blue to express their patriotism. School officials gave him a choice, he said, “switching the shirt, or wearing it inside out, or getting suspended.”
No big deal. I have heard this argument over the years when raising my children.
-But it seem to be with some people
“They’re taking away my right of freedom of speech,” young Daxx told Fox31 reporter Christin Ayers. “If I have the right to wear this shirt, I’m going to use it. And if the only way to use it is get suspended, then I’m going to get suspended.”
Aurora Public Schools officials declined to comment on Dalton’s suspension but told Ayers it’s district policy to “Respect a student’s right to free speech, such as the right to wear specific clothing.” A letter from the school shown on camera by Fox31 cited “willful disobedience” as a reason for the suspension.
It’s not about politics, Dann Dalton said, but about his son’s First Amendment rights. “The facts are, his rights were violated,” he told Ayers. “Period.”
Okay Mr. Dalton, how about NO.
Why are parent's so stupid? The Supreme's have ruled on this in Bethel Sch. Dist. v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986) and Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503.
The First Amendment did not prevent the School District from disciplining respondent for giving the offensively lewd and indecent speech at the assembly. Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School Dist., 393 U. S. 503, distinguished. Under the First Amendment, the use of an offensive form of expression may not be prohibited to adults making what the speaker considers a political point, but it does not follow that the same latitude must be permitted to children in a public school. It is a highly appropriate function of public school education to prohibit the use of vulgar and offensive terms in public discourse. Nothing in the Constitution prohibits the states from insisting that certain modes of expression are inappropriate and subject to sanctions. The inculcation of these values is truly the work of the school, and the determination of what manner of speech is inappropriate properly rests with the school board.
This applies everything...to T-shirts, those who like to let their kids go to school in gang colors or with incendiary speech displayed on anything the student wears or carries.
This is a resolved First Amendment Issue. One might wonder why his parents took it upon themselves to allow and defend their childs action. What kind of parents does this young man have?
I know, "conservative wingnuts!"