posted on Nov, 22 2004 @ 10:11 AM
Yeah, basically, I agree that this is not an "OMG FREE SPEECH!" issue. The kid wore the shirt and is making his point, apparently making the news,
and that's great, HOWEVER, the school can and should stop him from wearing the shirt.
As someone said above, it is also a "free speech" exercise to wear a shirt that says "Hitler was misunderstood," but the school doesn't want to
draw a line that separates slogans that are acceptable and those that are not - nor should they have to. The school has the RESPONSIBILITY to
maintain order in the school and if a kid wears this shirt, it might provoke another kid to wear a shirt with an opposing viewpoint and before you
know it the school is divided into different camps of violent students.
Anyways, the school must take steps to ensure that order is preserved and if this means pre-emptorily striking down a controversial shirt, then so
damn be it.
In my day, I was forced to turn a shirt or two inside out, and I did. I didn't make the news and I didn't complain any more than a single groan or
grumble. Students are asked to turn shirts inside out EVERY SINGLE DAMN DAY IN AMERICA and it doesn't make the news.
[edit on 22-11-2004 by Zipdot]