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Ohio High-School Students Reprimanded For Wearing Pro-Gay T-Shirts

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By:           Dan Avery
On:           Nov 1, 2012
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  • 12 Comments
    • 2eo
      2eo

      You are allowed freedom of expression as long as you don’t believe in freedom for gay people and women and follow republican lines.

      As long as you meet these it is fine.

      Nov 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Gervais
      David Gervais

      Someone please put there students in touch with the ACLU.

      Nov 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Gervais
      David Gervais

      Ooops… these students

      Nov 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport
      jwrappaport

      Saw this on Volokh Conspiracy – I smell the sweet scent of a lawsuit.

      Nov 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981
      Shannon1981

      ACLU. NOW. Get on this!

      Nov 2, 2012 at 9:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      I wish Queerty would quit assuming all gay people and all of their readers believe in abortion. I am tired of reading “anti choice” in every article as if speaking for the unborn is a worse crime than homophobia.

      Nov 2, 2012 at 11:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marjorie 0120
      Marjorie 0120

      There is no law suit here. Most schools have rules concerning dress code, tee shirts in particular. Gang members cannot wear tee shirts that promote their gangs, in my nephews school you cannot wear a tee shirt that promotes any product or makes a political statement. Students a year or so ago were sent home because they wore tee shirts with an American flag on it on Cinco de Mayo, they agravated the Mexican students.

      When you have a thousand or more students packed into a small area like a school, you can’t wear tee shirts that may cause a problem. This does not mean the school is anti-gay, it just means they don’t want something bad to happen to this young man on school property, that’s all.

      Nov 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      @DarkZephyr: It has never being about the “unborn” and it has always being about misogynism and control of people that are considered subnormal, in this case women.

      There is no other moral or intellectual reason. It’s quite a literal black and white issue.

      Nov 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport
      jwrappaport

      @Marjorie 0120: Firstly, where there are lawyers, there are always lawsuits. Secondly, I think your argument is too simplistic. The First Amendment does not stop at the school gates. (Wiki Tinker v. Des Moines – it’s a great case.) There are plenty of qualifications to that – namely that schools have plenty of discretion to censor gang symbols and other clothing that would reasonably be expected to provoke responses that would be disruptive to the school’s mission of education. That is not carte blanche for censorship, however, and I don’t think the facts here fit that exception.

      We don’t have all the facts, admittedly, but on the face of this story, there appears to be no colorable argument that the shirts above would provoke violence. The shirt is a political statement, the very speech the First Amendment was designed to protect. I think it’s naive to assume that the school is acting benignly and in completely good faith – you should always be suspicious of censorship, no matter how well intentioned: it is presumptively illegitimate in and anathema to any free society. I want to hear the school’s response as to why it was justified here.

      Nov 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marjorie 0120
      Marjorie 0120

      @jwrappaport:
      It would be interesting to hear if the school had witnessed any confrontations between the students or had any complaints about the tee shirts. That kind of information could change our initial opinions.

      I am acutely aware of free speech, censorship, but I also understand that if one of these students was unduly harassed or hurt in a physical fight their parents would be looking at suing the school for that too.

      Very sticky problem at best. Perhaps there will be a follow-up article providing more info on what the emotional climate was that day.

      Take care,

      Nov 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bellerophon69
      Bellerophon69

      “Oh Erick, one day you’ll realize adults have one set of rules for themselves and another for everyone else.” Adults and Republicans.

      Nov 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • shellbabes
      shellbabes

      I am offended by Malcolm X shirts, seeing as he was NOT a peaceful person but encouraged things by “any means necessary”.

      Nov 3, 2012 at 10:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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