Really..... the "right" for a child to express himself miraculously appeared in the constitution about the same time abortion became a right in 1973?
Too bad I graduated just before that. Girls could only wear skirts...that touched the floor when kneeling. No culottes were allowed unless they had the flap in the front and back, looking like a skirt. Boys could not wear jeans. Nor could they wear t-shirts at all, as I recall.
Tennis shoes were for gym class. Jeans could not be worn at post game dances. Lockers were searched if and whenever the principle felt like it. You could not leave the school grounds during lunch without special written excuse from your parent.
If you were tardy a certain number of times, you got detention. If you were a smart mouth, you were sent to the principle's office and were usually given detention. Parents were notified of all of the above, which meant you were in more trouble at home.
We were taught history, geography, government, english, math, reading/literature, science and basic health/hygiene. When we graduated from high school we knew more than most college graduates of today.
We were kids. There were rules. The rules were enforced. We learned.
And all of this in a public school before 1973.
I'm sick to death of this political crap.
The issue is that the kid was being punished for the content on his t-shirt. If the school had a dress code that forbade all t-shirts, which public schools can and some do have, there would be no issue. But the argument is that the kid wouldn't have gotten in trouble if the shirt had had pictures of sunshine and lollipops; he got in trouble for expressing an offensive message, and government agents (public school employees) are bound by the Constitution not to selectively discriminate for or against any given message, even offensive ones. See the difference between your list of rules (which penalize behavior) and this case (which was an attempt to penalize content)?
All of which has nothing to do with the most important issue in this story, that being that this poor kid was raised by moonbats who dumped enough nonsense down this kid's throat that by age 12 he was permitted (if not forced) to wear clothing with stupid and offensive messages in public because those messages represented the parents' geriatric-hippie worldview.
And I (GASP!) even had a paddling or 10!!! And I happened to turn out just fine-at 48 never have I even seen the inside of a jail cell. And I don't ever plan to.