Wednesday, September 24, 2008
5th Grader Suspended For Obama T-Shirt
A fifth grade student in Aurora, Colorado was suspended from school for wearing an anti-Obama T-shirt. FOX Colorado.com:
An 11-year-old in Aurora says his first amendment rights are being trampled after he was suspended for wearing a homemade shirt that reads "Obama is a terrorist's best friend."
The fifth grader at Aurora Frontier K-8 School wore it on a day when students were asked to wear red, white and blue to show their patriotism.
The boy's father Dann Dalton describes himself as a "proud conservative" who has taken part in some controversial anti-abortion protests. Dalton says the school made a major mistake by suspending his son for wearing the shirt.
"It's the public school system," Dalton says. "Let's be honest, it's full of liberal loons."
According the the boy's father, the school district told the student, Daxx Dalton, that he had the choice of changing his shirt, turning his shirt inside out or being suspended.
Daxx chose suspension.
"They're taking away my right of freedom of speech," he says. "If I have the right to wear this shirt I'm going to use it. And if the only way to use it is get suspended, then I'm going to get suspended."
Daxx's dad agrees with him and is encouraging his son to stand his ground. "The facts are his rights were violated. Period."
Aurora Public Schools would not talk about the case but said the district "Respects a student's right to free speech, such as the right to wear specific clothing," but administrators say they review any situation that interrupts the learning environment.
Paperwork submitted by the school district says Daxx Dalton was not suspended for wearing the shirt, but for willful disobedience and defiance.
The boy's father says he intends to pursue a lawsuit against the district.
Ahhhhhh, another clear cut case of Liberal "Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee" mentality.
Hey, the 11-year old was simply demonstrating his free speech, not to mention the truth about Obama.
I wonder if the ACLU will be getting involved defending the boy's free speech?
By an almost 4 to 1 margin, a poll at the FOX Colorado news page (the link at the beginning of this post) reflects people do not think the student should have been punished by the school for wearing the anti-Obama T-shirt:
There you go, since the Left loves to dictate that "we are a nation run by polls", the student should not be punished. Why should the kid be punished for telling the truth?
And if the school gave him the option of going home, turning it inside out or getting suspended... then they pretty much covered their asses.
It's a hard call because I know how distracting something like that would be no matter what it said.
Not so sure.
I wonder if they'd label an anti-Bush T-shirt a "distraction" and treat the student wearing it the same as they treated the student in the story.
Besides, I think the suspension is rather severe considering the "crime" (and I use that loosely.)
I wonder if burning the American Flag at a public school is a "distraction".
Those are the problems and questions I have regarding the school. I know where you're coming from though.
I think school using the word "distraction" is a rather vague and all encompassing "out" for them. What isn't a distraction in school? I'm only asking rhetorically, not directed at you.
Problems related to dress include, but are not limited to:
And there in lies the catch... "not limited to".
They list out no clothing promoting tabacco, alcohol or drug use but that is the only thing in relation to writing on shirts.
Here's the thing... our youngest can get distracted by a fly sitting on a desk on the other side of the room so I know that a T-shirt with big red letters would definately get his attention.
I don't believe they should have suspended him but they could use the excuse that he "disobeyed" them and that he chose the punishment.
I too wonder what the reaction would have been if it was to the benefit of the Liberals.
And we know that whatever goes into these handbooks are gone over with a fine-tooth comb by attorneys for the school district WHOSE SALARY IS PAID BY THE TAXPAYERS.
You are correct, the school did cite "disobeying" as a factor, but still, I'd like to see school records of all the other types of activities they've conducted for the students and find out if any pro-Liberal or pro-Democrat issue, clothing, statement, etc was treated as was the boy who wore the anti-Obama T-shirt.
I just don't trust public schools to be fair in matters of politics.
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