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
But I have to love the line: "Anarchy is the antithesis of what we
believe should be in schools" !!! Says it all.
> 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
> 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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