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Student wears KKK T-shirt to S.C. school
The State Newspaper ^ | 4-05-08 | MissEdie

Posted on 04/05/2008 12:51:20 PM PDT by MissEdie

Security has been increased at a Simpsonville middle school after a student was arrested and suspended for wearing a T-shirt with a noose and a reference to the Ku Klux Klan.

Greenville television station WYFF said some students at Bryson Middle School stayed home Friday, fearing violence after the T-shirt worn by an eighth-grader angered both black and white students the day before.

The student lifted another shirt revealing the racist T-shirt in the lunchroom.

The student has been charged with disturbing school and recommended for expulsion.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: dresscodes; kkk; teens; tshirt
Although I feel the t-shirt was offensive, I do not believe this student should be expelled from school just for wearing it. Students bring weapons and drugs to school and are not expelled for it.
1 posted on 04/05/2008 12:51:21 PM PDT by MissEdie
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To: MissEdie

He was rightly expelled for this idiocy.


2 posted on 04/05/2008 12:53:43 PM PDT by SolidWood
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To: MissEdie

I understand the scholl not wanting the shirt on campus. I don’t get the “arrested” part.


3 posted on 04/05/2008 12:54:01 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: MissEdie
That blanket statement is incorrect. There maybe instances where a student somewhere in the U.S. has not been suspended but there have been many reports of students suspended for anything school administrators consider close to resembling a weapon.
4 posted on 04/05/2008 12:55:32 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: MissEdie

school uniforms really should be enforced EVERYWHERE....no logo’s....no writing.....2 choices of colors for shirts and pants.....that’s it! and...NO WHINING!


5 posted on 04/05/2008 12:56:09 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character; Being Coddled Destroys Character)
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To: MissEdie
Security has been increased at a Simpsonville middle school after a student was arrested and suspended for wearing a T-shirt with a noose and a reference to the Ku Klux Klan.

Looks like Hussein Obama's dialog on race is really starting to have an effect!

Change is in the air!!!!!!!

6 posted on 04/05/2008 1:01:26 PM PDT by cowboyway ("No damn man kills me and lives." -- Nathan Bedford Forrest)
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To: All

The right to “FREEE SPEECH” means even if it offensive to some.

The PC movement is no doubt clouding the minds of some here.

Free speech is what our brave troops are defending in Iraq.


7 posted on 04/05/2008 1:04:30 PM PDT by stockpirate (McCain, Hillery with a war record. Time to run a 3rd party conservative for POTUS!)
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To: MissEdie

The KKK is supporting Barack Obama.


8 posted on 04/05/2008 1:16:46 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: stockpirate

Free speech is for grown-ups, not for kids. Smart-mouth Kids who run their gobs off should be punished....


9 posted on 04/05/2008 1:17:38 PM PDT by thundrey
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To: MissEdie

Sorry I disagree. You are on taxpayers dime. It’s offensive to them and the school has the right to do it what it pleases. I do not think the kid should go to jail, but when you are in a school. You follow their rules. Just think of it like work. When you go to work you can wear whatever you want. However, it may get you fired. Does not mean you will go to jail. Just fired.


10 posted on 04/05/2008 1:19:18 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: expatpat

“The KKK is supporting Barack Obama.”

That would be “Operation Kaos,” then?


11 posted on 04/05/2008 1:21:21 PM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: Sprite518

Do they give the same treatment to black kids wearing malcom X garb?


12 posted on 04/05/2008 1:21:30 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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To: thundrey
The underlying rule regarding free speech in this country applies neither to adults nor to children. This rule, known as the first amendment, refers to congress, and, by extension, other government bodies. Child or adult, it doesn't matter, neither is addressed by the first amendment; it's GOVERNMENT that is prohibited from making rules regarding free speech. Since it's the GOVERNMENT that runs the school to which the pupil goes, the relevant fact is that it's GOVERNMENT which is prohibited from abridging his free speech.
13 posted on 04/05/2008 1:23:23 PM PDT by Jubal Harshaw
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To: expatpat

Is that a joke?


14 posted on 04/05/2008 1:23:52 PM PDT by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: MissEdie

How soon before Rev. Wright has his own line of casual wear?


15 posted on 04/05/2008 1:30:10 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: MissEdie

I doubt this kid even knows what the KKK and noose really mean. If he does know, then he needs to visit a psychiatrist. Several times.


16 posted on 04/05/2008 1:36:08 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: mamelukesabre

“Do they give the same treatment to blacks wearing malcom x garb”

Would they give the same treatment to blacks G-damning America?


17 posted on 04/05/2008 1:37:37 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: MissEdie

Must be the Robert (Sheets) Byrd signature apparel. Must be a Dem’s kid too.


18 posted on 04/05/2008 1:38:05 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: PLMerite

No, the democrat party is the party of the KKK.


19 posted on 04/05/2008 1:51:02 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: mamelukesabre

How about a kid wearing a Che t-shirt?

You have a constitutional right to free speech, not a constitutional right NOT to be offended.


20 posted on 04/05/2008 1:52:47 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: MissEdie

I hope more kids start doing this at some point. Just on principle. A black kid can wear a black-fist shirt and be lauded for it, but when a white kid rebels against this stifling system, he’s attacked mercilessly by everyone.

The white majority in this country greases up and bends over anytime Jesse Jackson, Sharpton, CNN, MSNBC, and Rev Wright so much as shake a fist. Rather than defend the rights of all youth, they would rather eat them.
Cowards.

As long as he doesn’t resort to violence, he ought to be able to wear that shirt (minus the noose) for as long as Malik Shabazz gets regular appearances of O’Reilly.

Whites who spout the hate that Malik Shabazz spouts are regularly disbarred/refused admission to their state bar. Instead, Malik gets appearances on TV as a practicing attorney.

One has to wonder what exactly is going on here (aside from the white majority permanently shaking in its boots anytime any black leader raises his voice).


21 posted on 04/05/2008 1:58:20 PM PDT by kbingham
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To: MissEdie

Good riddence to this kid. He should have been at least charged. This kid needs a lesson quick or he will be the next shooter at the school.


22 posted on 04/05/2008 2:13:03 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: mamelukesabre

Do they give the same treatment to black kids wearing malcom X garb?

Good Lord. What is this 1992? Malcom X was a while back and I doubt that kids are wearing that stuff anymore. It was a short phase.


23 posted on 04/05/2008 2:15:09 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: stockpirate

Yeah,free speech for middle school pro-KKK idiots.
Hey,maybe we can get the some black kids to practice their free speeech by wearing God Damn America and Kill Whitey t-shirts as well.


24 posted on 04/05/2008 2:24:54 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: All
I suspect that this will be an unpopular opinion, but here goes.

The school was right. I'm a high school Algebra teacher, and you cannot imagine what a disruption this type of behavior is to a school.

After all this lunchroom drama, the kids' minds are not focused on academics at all. So you've lost half a day. Next day, kids are afraid to come to school. You've lost another day.

I promise you that an 8th grade boy was not engaged in a principled stand to fight for First Amendment rights or any such high-minded goals. He was showing off for attention, dragging the school down.

Many of you rightly complain about the poor results of public education. Fair enough, but some of us entered this field because we want to change that. We want our students to succeed and become contributing members of society.

For the record: my school has a dress code. No TShirts at all, except on special days when students are allowed to wear a school TShirt only. The right of a school to have and to enforce a dress code has been adjudicated several times, and the school districts generally win. This is a prime example of why.

25 posted on 04/05/2008 2:26:18 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: MissEdie

This kid is obviously a little idiot, yet I do not understand why he was arrested. The article did not say he became violent or agitated or that he attacked anyone. He wore the shirt under another shirt so he knew very well it was something to be hidden and something that could cause conflict.

He is a troublemaker and deserved to be sent home but I don’t understand upon what grounds he was arrested. I agree with the person up-thread who would put them all in uniforms. Put them all in school uniforms and that will end any such nonsense, as well as a host of other silliness. I was always of the opinion that school uniforms were just a band-aid on a larger problem and would make no difference one way or the other. That is, until one local school went to uniforms 10 years ago. In one year they went from being the tail to being the head, academically.

Ten years later, you could remove the uniforms and mix them with students of other schools and you can still pick these students out from the rest. They will be the ones that when asked a question will reply, “yes sir, no sir”. I suppose I was wrong about school uniforms.


26 posted on 04/05/2008 2:37:57 PM PDT by WildcatClan (Don't blame me...............I supported Duncan Hunter.)
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To: MissEdie


"Ah, for one, think that this here little misunderstood young un' ought to be given one of them their breaks, as it were."
27 posted on 04/05/2008 2:42:16 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (feh)
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To: WildcatClan
He is a troublemaker and deserved to be sent home but I don’t understand upon what grounds he was arrested.

I'm kinda with you. The article is a little light on details. But it does say he was charged with "disturbing school." I didn't know that was a crime, but I guess it is in that jurisdiction.

As you can see from my earlier post, I would have to agree that, at a minimum, he was guilty of that.

28 posted on 04/05/2008 2:45:21 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: goodnesswins
I don't know that you need to go as far as school uniforms...but banning t-shirts with writing would put an end to this kind of thing...not to mention all the suggestive sayings on girls tees these days. Maybe make an exception for t-shirts featuring your school's name. But no other exceptions. That would end a lot of the nonsense and would keep the school out of the business of deciding what is offensive and what is not.
29 posted on 04/05/2008 2:49:45 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: MissEdie; All
I agree with most of the posts. But if you want to apply the rules equally, what about the students with the Malcolm-X t-shirts and hats and the Che Guevara T-Shirts?

What's good for the goose...

30 posted on 04/05/2008 3:03:39 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough)
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To: MissEdie

Security has been increased at a Simpsonville middle school after a student was arrested and suspended for wearing a T-shirt with a noose and a reference to the Ku Klux Klan.

________________________________________
Did he check his free speech at the door? One should not be arrested for wearing a t-shirt.


31 posted on 04/05/2008 3:08:49 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: WildcatClan
This kid is obviously a little idiot, yet I do not understand why he was arrested. The article did not say he became violent or agitated or that he attacked anyone.

Salem precedent. You are guilty if your mere presence disturbs emotional teenagers.

32 posted on 04/05/2008 3:44:32 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (NO.. I don;t tag sarcasm)
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To: napscoordinator

Yes, He might very well be and rightly so IMHO. If this is his reasoning I will give him kudos for it as well


33 posted on 04/05/2008 3:45:49 PM PDT by itches (hey George now would be a good time to win the war)
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To: MissEdie; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; A Strict Constructionist; ...
South Carolina Ping

Add me to the list. / Remove me from the list.
34 posted on 04/05/2008 4:05:32 PM PDT by upchuck (Who wins doesn't matter. They're all liberals. Spend your time and money to take back Congress.)
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To: Jubal Harshaw

I don’t care who runs the school. A kid doesn’t have the right to talk like a tool in class. As far as I’m concerned a kid should stand up when a teacher enters the room and stand to f-ing attention when he’s being addressed by one, addressing them as ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am’ if and when spoken to.
If he doesn’t like it, he can suck on it until he leaves school. I’m sick of cocky kids who know all their rights but don’t think they have any responsibilities. They need to know that adults call the shots, not them....


35 posted on 04/05/2008 4:05:37 PM PDT by thundrey
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To: thundrey

Exactly right.


36 posted on 04/05/2008 5:53:35 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us nature wallpapers)
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To: SolidWood

If that were true half of the kids in school would be expelled.


37 posted on 04/05/2008 6:37:07 PM PDT by gunnedah
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To: thundrey

Yep.


38 posted on 04/06/2008 1:49:16 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Sprite518

“You are on taxpayers dime.”
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

True, but that is where the problem starts, allowing the government to take over education and turn it into indoctrination was one of our worst mistakes.


39 posted on 04/06/2008 10:18:34 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Does anyone still believe this is a free country?)
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To: Vision

“Is that a joke?”
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Well, if they aren’t, they should be, since both have the same problem. Obama promotes the black version of what the KKK is to the unreconstructed whites. It is rather like the old saw about the bootleggers and the Baptists voting dry.


40 posted on 04/06/2008 10:23:54 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Does anyone still believe this is a free country?)
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To: SolidWood
Students at that age do a myriad of stupid things in different areas. Just because his stupid thing was in a politically sensitive area means he gets suspended while others get a warning.

No one was hurt. No one died. And unless there is some student uniform policy, it isn't apparently clear that any written rules were broken.

41 posted on 04/06/2008 1:35:48 PM PDT by mbraynard (You are the Republican Party. See you at the precinct meeting.)
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To: TontoKowalski

If you don’t have a dress code, however, I don’t see why a most severe penalty can be given to a student who didn’t break an actual written rule, much less get arrested.


42 posted on 04/06/2008 1:37:50 PM PDT by mbraynard (You are the Republican Party. See you at the precinct meeting.)
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To: mbraynard

I can’t dispute what you say... the article just doesn’t give us enough information to know one way or the other. Journalism is getting sloppier and sloppier. This bit of writing leaves way too many obvious questions unanswered.


43 posted on 04/06/2008 2:51:47 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: napscoordinator
Do they give the same treatment to black kids wearing malcom X garb?

    Good Lord. What is this 1992? Malcom X was a while back and I doubt that kids are wearing that stuff anymore. It was a short phase.

I thought it was a good question.
 
 

44 posted on 04/07/2008 10:18:24 PM PDT by littlehouse36
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