posted on Oct, 3 2005 @ 02:23 PM
At the school I went to this wasn't much of a problem--none of the students really cared enough about anything to stage a demonstration on campus,
either during or after school hours. I have absolutely no clue how it would've been handled, but I'm pretty sure the principal and staff would've
agreed to it had the students gone the proper routes--the equivalent of obtaining an assembly permit.
I would like to see more details about that example you gave though. If that's all that was said, no other statements by the student that could
change the context of it, then you're right, that is a little harsh of a punishment. I can understand the anxiety caused by Columbine, and how the
staff may have been quick to take action immediately following the incident, so the timeline may be relevant as well. Was it the day after? Then it
might be rather insensitive at best, but could also be seen as a potential threat--"Hey, those guys did it, and I understand why" would lead me to
think that the student is getting the wrong kind of ideas.
As benevolent tyrant pointed out, there are more important things that high schoolers should be worried about at this time, like trying to fill their
brain with as much as they possibly can while it's still free. Worry about girls/boys, worry about what you're going to do Friday night, worry
about passing that test or how you're going to tell your parents you don't have any homework so they believe you.
If you want to organize a protest, do it on your own time outside of school. Protest whatever it is you're against in a park or something, after you
obtain a permit. There's no need to have it on campus--is the principal going to override the local/state/federal gov't? Or if you're talking
about protesting the way the school is doing something, try getting students to talk to the teachers or principal. Talk to your parents about it, and
have them call the staff about it. Getting parents involved is much more efficient than trying to get an assembly of high school students together
for something. As far as free speech goes, I know many students--myself included--who got detention or worse for much, much less than that example.
While it may not seem like it, the time someone is in high school is extremely short compared to life in the "real world." It's pretty much the
last 4 years of your life where you generally don't have to worry so much about a job, paying bills, supporting a family, etc. (While there are many
exceptions to that rule, given differing circumstances, I think it covers a large enough portion of the population to be a fair statement.) Think
about it like this: you have a total of 18 years where you have comparatively no worries. Sure, you have to worry about tests, your grades, your
social life, and your parents.
All that changes for sure when you graduate is that you aren't in high school. Go to college, you have more homework, more difficult tests, and
instead of just holding you back a year, low grades can loose a scholarship for you. Still have a social life, but if you worry too much about it you
start slipping on your grades. No parents, which at first is wonderful, but now you don't have that morning safety net of someone making sure
you're up, and you don't have someone keeping you in check to make sure you do your homework and pass your classes.
Skip school and go straight to the work force? Now you have a boss who's wanting you to show up on time--you don't get detention for being late,
you get fired, which can mean you loose your house/apartment and have to go back to live with your parents. Instead of tests and grades you have
evaluation reports--mess up on those, and you get fired instead of just failing a class you can retake next semester. For "homework", you have
projects where if you turn it in late you may cost the company more money than you're worth to them, and again, you get fired instead of dropping a
letter grade. On top of that, you probably still want a boyfriend or girlfriend, you probably still want to hang out with your friends on the
weekends, but now you got to foot the bill instead of asking for gas money from your parents--may not seem like that big of a deal, but when every
week you have to decide whether you want to pay rent or have a night out, it's not that great.
I can't think of many body parts or organs that I would not sell to get back to the time I was in high school, and I'd gladly give up most of my
rights to do so, other than those benevolent tyrant mentioned.