Provocative School Speech
The ACLU threatened a lawsuit in order to force this young man's school to allow the wearing of this anti-Bush T-shirt to class:
A Pennsylvania student is off the hook after the American Civil Liberties Union defended his right to wear a political T-shirt to school.I wonder if the American Civil Liberties Union would have been so quick to jump to this youngster's defense if he had insisted on wearing a T-Shirt that said something like, "Hillary Clinton Is A 4-War-Voting Hypocrat" instead.
Chris Schiano's T-shirt said "International Terrorist" and had a picture of President Bush.
A security guard at his high school north of Philadelphia told him to take it off. He refused.
Schiano says he's well versed in the First Amendment. He says he "knew right off they had no legal footing to stand on."
The principal says after hearing from the ACLU, school officials realized that the shirt, while potentially offensive, didn't violate the school's dress code. It had no references to sex, drugs, ethnic intimidation or explicit language.
Schiano says he's now wearing the shirt to school and no one's given him a hard time.
At our junior high school here in California's "Imperial" Valley, the students wear uniforms so shirts with provocative messages aren't an issue.
We encourage our students to display their individuality through academic accomplishment, artistic expression, and athletic achievement.