Teachers and school officials today actually believe that the captive charges under their daily control and supervision enjoy no rights at all much less those set forth in the Bill of Rights. So these statist government agents make a habit of trampling on the rights of kids without even a second thought.
They actually think, for example, that they have the authority to compel a child’s attendance at school and then dictate such personal matters as hair styles and hair color to that child.
An Ohio kindergartner was recently suspended and punished by his school district because of his Mohawk haircut. School officials said his haircut was a disturbance to teachers and students in the classroom. The superintendent said the Mohawk haircut violated district rules on dress and grooming that is disruptive to the education process.
The child’s mother said that her son got the haircut because he thought it was “cool,” adding that other students were interested in it after his class returned from spring break. Now the plan is that he returns after 3 days with a shaved head.
A kindergartner with a shaved head; won’t that cause a disturbance to teachers and students in the classroom?
The bottom line is that a student’s hair style is his or her business and it is not within the legal authority of a school administrator to punish a student for electing to wear a popular hairstyle. It’s unconstitutional. Student’s have a First Amendment right to express themselves with their hair style.
Last week, a West Virginia eighth-grade student was actually arrested by the police as well as suspended from school for the “crime” of wearing a National Rifle Association (NRA) t-shirt.
An in West Virginia was reportedly arrested and suspended last week after getting into an argument with his teacher about a National Rifle Association T-shirt he wore to school. Now he faces criminal charges of obstruction and disturbing the education process for refusing to change the shirt, which shows a rifle and the slogan, "protect your right."
This boy had the temerity to argue with his teacher who objected to the image of the gun on the shirt, so the police were called and he was arrested and briefly jailed "What they're doing is trying to take away my rights, my freedom of speech and my Second Amendment," said the kid.
"I don't see how anybody would have an issue with a hunting rifle and NRA put on a T-shirt, especially when policy doesn't forbid it," said his father.
Of course they are both absolutely right. This young man’s First Amendment rights have been rudely trampled asunder by school officials and teachers who have no clue as to the meaning of the Bill of rights.
Personally, I don’t like guns. I’ve never owned one nor do I plan to ever own one. I think they are dangerous and that the most likely person to be injured or killed by a gun is the owner. Guns are like sticks of dynamite or vials of cyanide poison. All it takes is one little mistake, one angry moment, one stupid drunken altercation, and someone gets hurt.
But I do understand why other people want to own guns and I do understand that they are often necessary for self protection as well as for hunting and other completely valid reasons. And I believe in the necessity for the Bill of Rights including the Second Amendment.
“… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” declares the Second Amendment. I interpret that to mean that, not only to people have the fundamental right to own firearms, they have the right to bear, i.e. carry them at all times, and that right must not be infringed.
Well, sadly the Second Amendment, has been trashed like garbage since the founding fathers conceived it, just like the rest of the Bill of Rights, and there are politicians all over the place who would squash it completely given half a chance.
As long as the Second Amendment is law then guns of the type depicted on this young man’s shirt are perfectly legal items the same as baseball bats, knives, and bouquets of flowers.
Had his shirt depicted a photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr., or President Obama he would not have been asked to remove it. So this arrest and suspension was clearly the result of viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.
But unfortunately, the First Amendment and the rest of the Bill of Rights are ignored at school.