Date: Mon 05 Nov 2001 - 06:00:55 PST
Not to mention the fact that if administrators ran High Schools like a democracy, there probably would be anarchy.... (Yes, even American schools.)
From: "Massey, E Thomas [IBD]" <email@example.com> Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 09:28:47 -0500
Interesting article. But as of yet, I'm not convinced that our "freedom" is being threatened. Keep in mind that this ruling has alot more to do with maintaining order among a couple hundred hormonal high school kids than it does about an individual's right to express an opinion in a classroom. At this point, we will assume until otherwise indicated that the school is permitting dissenting opinions in classroom discussion. With that assumption made, turning oneself into a hallway billboard on an emotional topic (whether you support or disagree) is closer to shock-value taunting than it is to advocacy. And taunting, although it is an enduring high school tradition, is rarely constructive. Anybody go to high school?
One other thing. I think anyone who wants to start an anarchy "club" (will they elect a president and hold weekly meetings?) has missed the point. Can somebody send little Katie Sierra a good website link on anarchy? And maybe a Sex Pistols MP3 file - everybody needs a commercialized theme song!!!!!
Thanks to Pat for his skillful missive.
From: Sr. Quint Lollipop [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2001 11:25 PM To: email@example.com
Subject: not so free?
Judge Rules on Student Anarchy Club
By MICHELLE SAXTON, Associated Press Writer
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A judge ruled Thursday that a 15-year-old sophomore cannot form an anarchy club or wear T-shirts opposing the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan (news - web sites) because it would disrupt school.
Katie Sierra was suspended from Sissonville High School for three days for promoting the club. She was also told she could not wear T-shirts with messages such as: ``When I saw the dead and dying Afghani children on TV, I felt a newly recovered sense of national security. God Bless America.''
In a complaint filed with her mother, Sierra argued her right to free speech was being denied.
Circuit Court Judge James Stucky agreed that free speech is ``sacred'' but he found that such rights are ``tempered by the limitations that they ... not disrupt the educational process.''
Sierra said she'll pursue the dispute.
``I don't want war. I'm not for Afghanistan,'' Sierra said. ``I think that
what we're doing to them is just as bad as what they did to us, and I think it needs to be stopped.''
James Withrow, lawyer for the Kanawha County Board of Education, argued that an anarchy club was inappropriate because students ``do not feel that their school is a safe place anymore.''
``Anarchy is the antithesis of what we believe should be in schools,''
Sierra's attorney, Roger Forman, said she is ``being punished for expressing her opinion.'' Received on Mon, 05 Nov 2001 08:00:55 -0600