Skip to comments.Second and First Amendment Win in Chicago School
Posted on 05/18/2014 4:58:46 AM PDT by marktwain
Supt. Bruce Law said the T-shirt is a violation of the dress code outlined in the school's handbook.Mr. Borg said that the school violated his First Amendment rights. If it was permissible to have pictures of weapons in books, how could this simple image, which was not advocating any violence, be unsafe or disruptive. Mr. Borg appealed his suspension to the Hinsdale School Board, which vindicated him, ordered the suspension removed from his permanent record, and changed Supt. Bruce Law's attitude about the image. From the Chicagotribune.com:
The handbook states that students are subject to disciplinary action when they wear clothing that "is deemed vulgar, inappropriate, unsafe or disruptive to the educational process (e.g., advertising/display of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sexual innuendo).
Borg said he was told the T-shirt was unsafe and disruptive.
In the future, Law said the district will try to distinguish between gun-related images that are lawful and do not promote violence and ones that promote violence or illegal activity.Second Amendment supporters have always held that the First and Second Amendments reinforce each other. Predictably, Second Amendment opponents also oppose the First Amendment, when people say things that they disagree with. Mary Tyler Mom, clearly a nom de plume, does not like the message that Chris Borg is promoting about the First and Second Amendments. From chicagonow.com:
Other images of guns that would be acceptable on clothing would be for branches of the armed services, Law said.
"A lawful activity like a gun club or a military institution is different than an unlawful activity that promotes violence," Law said.
First amendment, schmirst schmendment. This kid went in front of the School Board to assert that his first amendment rights were being violated. "I decided to go home for the day because I felt it was a infringement of my First Amendment right to freedom of expression," he told the board. What, exactly, was this student attempting to express by wearing the inflammatory image of an AK-47 on his t-shirt?As you might guess, Ms Mom doesn't really have an argument. She simply states, over and over:
Guns have no place in our schools. I don't know what else to say about this. Guns and schools do not mix. End of story.But this is demonstrably absurd. Guns had an honored place in American schools for centuries. Gun safety was taught in schools, schools had rifle teams, Schools had ranges built into them, students built guns in shop class. Students brought guns to school to be used for hunting after class. All of this commonly occurred before the Federal government passed the Gun Free School Act in 1994.
Thanks for posting this. It’s good to see the First and Seond Amendments are still applicable in any school in the territorial United States.
My Dad teamed up with my Shop teacher to bring gun safety classes and other gun familiarization activities to my HS in the late '60s. The only claim from the quote I wonder about is "students built guns in shop class", I wonder where that data comes from - we could refinish stocks and do other maintenance things with guns, but nobody "built one".
Ms Mom, guns used to be in school. My cousin during deer hunting season in Pennsylvania, used to have his rifle in his truck. I used be on the riflery team, so Ms Mom you are - like most Libs - wrong.
They’ve never heard of the FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION have they?
schools of the
lest we forget the place of firearms played in our ancestor`s classrooms.
Children of the present day would be somewhat startled
to go to school attended by large dogs, to keep off the bears and other wild animals, to study all day by the crackle of the great fire and back logs, to hear the howling of wolves at rollcall, and see the teacher take from its resting place over the door, a trusty rifle to guard the way home. Such were the first schools in 1800.
Periwinkle, The Sentinel, Feb 21, 1874 [Ticonderoga Sentinel, Ticonderoga, NY]
No I have not read, but I have to ask:
Is ANY so-called “T-shirt” deemed inappropriate? If so, this boy has no case.
If not, they should be.
The only claim from the quote I wonder about is “students built guns in shop class”, I wonder where that data comes from - we could refinish stocks and do other maintenance things with guns, but nobody “built one”.
It is strictly anecdotal. I have heard of people building simple muzzleloaders. While not a firearm, I built a speargun.
A while after my questioning the building of guns in shop class, my mind finally got around to the possibility of muzzleloaders - I can see where some kits might have been fair game when I was in school.
Simple single shot cartridge guns would be fairly easy to construct as well.
They were likely done, but no examples come to mind.