Re: [sixties-l] anti-war

From: Ted Morgan (
Date: Mon Nov 19 2001 - 10:15:54 EST

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    Wow! Sounds like a repeat of the 1969 Supreme Court case, Tinker v. Des
    Moines school district dealing with wearing black arm bands to protest
    the war --a right upheld by THAT court. Should be true, here, by
    precendent alone!
    But I have to love the line: "Anarchy is the antithesis of what we
    believe should be in schools" !!! Says it all.

    Ted Morgan

    > Frank Smith wrote:
    > Civil liberties? You ain't got no stinkin' civil liberties.
    > The judge seems to be proof positive of the drawbacks to Appalachian
    > inbreeding. fs
    > From the Nando Times:
    > By MICHELLE SAXTON, Associated Press
    > CHARLESTON, W.Va. (November 1, 2001 2:16 p.m. EST) - A judge ruled
    > Thursday that a 15-year-old sophomore cannot establish an anarchy club
    > or wear T-shirts opposing the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan 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,"
    > Withrow said.
    > Sierra's attorney, Roger Forman, said she is "being punished for
    > expressing her opinion."

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