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Ohio Pro-Life Students Threatened With Missing Prom Over Abortion Shirts
Life News ^ | 4/25/08 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 04/27/2008 11:09:29 AM PDT by wagglebee

Whitehouse, OH (LifeNews.com) -- High school students in a Toledo suburb were threatened with having to skip prom and other senior graduation events if they didn't remove their pro-life T-shirts. A group of students had planned to draw attention to the destruction of human life in abortion until school officials got upset.

The students wore matching T-shirts with the message, "Abortion is homicide" but the April 21st coordinated event drew the ire of school administrators.

Kristen Norman told WTOL-TV the Anthony Wayne High School students were ready to stand up for their free speech rights until school officials kept adding more and more threats.

"We were told we could take the shirts off, turn them inside out or face a two-day suspension," Norman said.

The students refused and were then threatened with missing out on senior events.

"We were told we would not be able to go to our senior prom, would not be able to participate in senior skip days, go to a senior picnic or walk at graduation," Norman told the television station.

The Anthony Wayne school district refused to comment to WTOL-TV and officials did not respond to an email from LifeNews.com seeking comment for the story.

Senior Jamie Pellek said the students would pursue legal remedies if the school follow through on the threats.

"If they do not do anything else to change their decision... it could lead to legal actions," she said.

Erik Whittington of Rock for Life, which sponsors the shirts the students wore, said the school officials handled the matter poorly.

He said he didn't agree with "the decision to make Anthony Wayne High School students hide the pro-life messages on their T-shirts."

"The way this high school handled this situation is completely over the top. I am so thankful that these students went to the press," he added. "I highly doubt any other students at this high school will have any problems wearing pro-life T-shirts. Way to go guys."

Whittington has said in the past, when students at other schools were harassed by officials for wearing pro-life shirts, that his group would help students find legal representation from pro-life law firms to stand up for their rights.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: abortion; discipline; dresscodes; educations; moralabsolutes; prolife; tshirt
This is deplorable!
1 posted on 04/27/2008 11:09:29 AM PDT by wagglebee
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To: cgk; Coleus; cpforlife.org; narses; 8mmMauser

Pro-Life Ping


2 posted on 04/27/2008 11:09:56 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: 230FMJ; 50mm; 69ConvertibleFirebird; Aleighanne; Alexander Rubin; An American In Dairyland; ...
Moral Absolutes Ping!

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3 posted on 04/27/2008 11:10:19 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Amelia; Gabz; SoftballMominVA

Public Education Ping


4 posted on 04/27/2008 11:10:54 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: TonyRo76

Ohio Ping


5 posted on 04/27/2008 11:11:29 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Typical of liberals...astonishing abuse of power. Perfect example of why we can’t let liberals into positions of power.


6 posted on 04/27/2008 11:12:17 AM PDT by highlander_UW (illegal alien is to an undocumented worker as a drug dealer is to an unlicensed pharmacist)
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To: wagglebee

I’d have an attorney on this quicker than you could say million dollar settlement.


7 posted on 04/27/2008 11:14:55 AM PDT by incredulous joe (On the drums; Mr Bunn E. Carlos!!)
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To: wagglebee

> “We were told we would not be able to go to our senior prom, would not be able to participate in senior skip days, go to a senior picnic or walk at graduation,” Norman told the television station.

Sometimes protest carries consequences. There is little nobility in any protest that doesn’t.

Welcome to adulthood, kids. Sometimes doing the right thing carries a cost.


8 posted on 04/27/2008 11:17:25 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: highlander_UW
"Typical of liberals...astonishing abuse of power. Perfect example of why we can’t let liberals into positions of power."

Unless of course they are running against John McCain. In that case, to hell with the ensuing disaster occurring if they are allowed to win. We MUST teach the GOP a lesson.

Buncha freakin' moroons!

9 posted on 04/27/2008 11:18:26 AM PDT by Vio24
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To: wagglebee

John Granger, Superintendant and James Conner, Principal:

For threatening the innocent students and violating their civil rights, these two individuals should be removed immediately to protect young people.


10 posted on 04/27/2008 11:20:39 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: wagglebee

First Amendment

(subject to approval by the DNC, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, etc.)


11 posted on 04/27/2008 11:21:12 AM PDT by Aslan527
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To: wagglebee
This is deplorable!

Depends. If school policy is no politcal message t-shirts, then it's OK constitutionally.

If not, then the Principal should be fired.

12 posted on 04/27/2008 11:23:17 AM PDT by jwalsh07 (El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather.)
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To: jwalsh07

A political message involves suggesting how people should vote, the shirts didn’t do this.


13 posted on 04/27/2008 11:24:51 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
This is deplorable!

True, why does one group of people think the have the right to piss on everyone's prom??

14 posted on 04/27/2008 11:25:21 AM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: org.whodat

They should contact the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor.


15 posted on 04/27/2008 11:26:16 AM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: wagglebee

Intolerant Prom Ping.

(See yesterday’s article: Marine too old to attend high school prom) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2007495/posts


16 posted on 04/27/2008 11:27:14 AM PDT by littlehouse36 ("Capitalism or Socialism" is a false dichotomy)
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To: All
An idea for their next T-shirt:

Those favoring Abortion have already been born!"

17 posted on 04/27/2008 11:56:27 AM PDT by OnRightOnLeftCoast (I'm Republican because I don't qualify for welfare)
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To: wagglebee
They wont be able to participate in Senior Skip day?

You mean the school gives the kids permission to skip classes and go to a local park and drink beer?

This is so wrong, how can one skip class with permission?

18 posted on 04/27/2008 11:58:21 AM PDT by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: org.whodat

They weren’t planning on wearing the shirts at the prom. They were protesting weeks before the prom and were told that if they didn’t remove their pro-life t-shirts that day they would be suspended and then not allowed to later attend prom.


19 posted on 04/27/2008 12:00:46 PM PDT by dschapin
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To: wagglebee
would not be able to participate in senior skip days

OK, I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I saw that 'threat'... since the entire point of a senior skip day is that the students DO NOT go to school, how would it be enforceable in the first place? Plus, when I was in high school (which was only a couple years ago), when my senior class had a 'senior skip day' we were told the people who participated would get a Saturday detention, and if we did it again the participants would not be able to go on our senior trip.
20 posted on 04/27/2008 12:04:31 PM PDT by Hyzenthlay (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: jwalsh07

I think the issue here is that the consequences kept changing. If the penalty for not following the dress code about political speech is two days suspension, then they should have received it. HOWEVER, the addition of missing senior prom, etc. cannot and should not be added on.


21 posted on 04/27/2008 12:10:58 PM PDT by t2buckeye
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To: DieHard the Hunter
Sometimes protest carries consequences. There is little nobility in any protest that doesn’t.

I have to agree and the last time I checked the Constitution, I could find no right to attend the prom.

However, if the school permitted other students from wearing "Pro-Choice" tee shirts then there may be a problem.

22 posted on 04/27/2008 12:16:11 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: wagglebee
A political message involves suggesting how people should vote, the shirts didn’t do this.

Every year we march down Constitution Avenue wearing these or similar t-shirts and then lobby our Congressman to stop the killing. That's a political message and so is this, one I support.

Like I said if any political message t-shirts are allowed, then so are these and the Principal should be fired.

23 posted on 04/27/2008 4:27:03 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather.)
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To: t2buckeye

I agree with that 100%.


24 posted on 04/27/2008 4:27:43 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather.)
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To: wagglebee

Agreed. These kids know the rules.


25 posted on 04/27/2008 5:46:57 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Holy State or Holy King - Or Holy People's Will - Have no truck with the senseless thing.)
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Middle School Student Punished for Silent Protest Plot Against Abortion, Inspired to protest after learning she was saved from abortion
 
American Life League's, National Pro-Life T-shirt Day is Tuesday, April 29, 2008

26 posted on 04/27/2008 7:42:08 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion and Physician-assisted Murder (aka-Euthanasia), Don't Democrats just kill ya?)
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To: wagglebee
Pinged from Terri Dailies

8mm


27 posted on 04/28/2008 3:39:40 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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