Friday, August 24, 2007

Verboten @ Lewis Mills High School


Civil rights hearing against school bosses continues today -- Aug. 24, 2007 --in U.S. District Court, New Haven.

COOL JUSTICE POST FROM MAY 27, 2007 follows:

This just in:

Sources report that students wearing
t-shirts at Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington
were forced to remove said shirts last week.

[Avery Doninger is the student with a backbone who has been subjected to harassment and intimidation by school officials.]

Are Principal Karissa Niehoff and Superintendent Paula Schwartz
trying to run a Hitler Youth Camp and churn out little Nazis with this
campaign of fear, suppression and intimidation?

How will taxpayers and citizens evaluate the so-called educators' character and performance in light of draconian punishment for free speech, activism and questioning of authority?

What does this case say about the integrity of state certification for administrators?

Students are reporting it is RIP Democracy time at Lewis Mills.

What happened to the write-in vote for the student [Avery Doninger] who was arbitrarily and capriciously banned from the student council election? Has this evidence been protected or destroyed?

Only a totalitarian state and a spineless citizenry would tolerate a corrupt bureaucracy that creates unwritten rules to punish its constituency.

Stay tuned.

The cavalry is on the way.

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  • Prior comment:

    Where can I get one of those shirts, and how much do they cost?

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    The actions of these administrators has nothing to do with state certification. This is a simple free speech case. The students entering the auditorium with those t-shirts could have easily caused a 'substantial disruption' which legally allows the administration to intervene. I don't think these administrators are acting responsibly right now, but free speech in high schools is a very, very difficult thing to deal with in the moment. The 'Bong hits 4 Jesus' case was ruled in one direction at the District Court level and then overturned by the Supreme Court both of which used the Tinker case as their central basis for ruling. If judges have trouble deciding while ruling in hindsight, imagine how difficult it must be in a high school with 1000 teenagers.