Saturday, March 01, 2014

Public schools support the bullies

Recently there has been a lot of news about bullies.  This issue is getting lots of exposure.

Yet the truth is sometimes government schools help the bullies.

Federal Court Upholds School Ban on American Flag T-Shirts explains how bullies were supported by the school officials.

The article starts with:

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a California high school’s prohibition on American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The case is Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District, and while it might get the law right, it certainly highlights a worrying trend in American schools: the inability or unwillingness to protect students whose speech is unpopular.

On Cinco de Mayo, May 5, 2010, three students wore American flag t-shirts to Live Oak High School. Live Oak, according to the Ninth Circuit, had a history of gang and racial violence. The students who wore the American flag t-shirts were threatened with physical violence. Rather than discipline the students who made the threats, the school decided to tell the American flag t-shirt-wearing students that they could either turn their shirts inside-out, or go home. Two of the students went home, and the students collectively sued the school district in federal district court, claiming that the school violated their First Amendment rights.

It is amazing to me that we have drifted so far.  Fifty years ago the students threatening violence would have been dealt with.  Now the officials at these government schools cave.

Just another reason to homeschool.

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