Skip to comments.Lawsuit: student says she was suspended for being quiet, wearing pro-gay shirt
Posted on 03/08/2013 12:35:19 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
A student from a small Florida town has sued her high school principal, the dean of students and the local school board in federal court because, she claims, she was suspended last year for participating in a popular national Day of Silence a protest against anti-gay bullying.
The New Times Broward-Palm Beach, an alternative weekly newspaper, first broke the story.
The student, 15-year-old Amber Hatch, claims she sought permission via a letter to participate.
Shannon Fusco, the principal of DeSoto County High School, turned down the request.
Peaceful protests are against district policy, Fusco allegedly explained.
Fusco also apparently expressed concern that Hatchs participation in the event could cause disruptions in class.
Hatch reportedly appealed the decision three times, unconvincingly.
The lawsuit claims that on April 19, the day before the Day of Silence, Fusco pulled Hatch out of class. As the New Times reports, Fusco them advised the student that if she showed up at school the next day and was quiet, there would be disciplinary consequences.
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You might not like the message, but if this student cannot wear an anti-bullying t-shirt, the next student cannot wear a t-shirt with a US flag on it, or a shirt supporting the Marines...
So she is willing to protest for her cause, yet not willing to accept the consequences for protesting for her cause. Sounds like she needs to grow up.
I guess you read the article.
Cause the next student WAS INDEED prohibited from wearing a t-shirt with a US flag on it, or a shirt supporting the Marines...
I wonder if she was more convincing when she (I assume) attempted to persuade homosexuals to keep quiet about their activity.
I would hope that some responsible teachers would grade her down for failure to participate when required. I would also hope that other responsible but inept teachers would be relieved to have one student who was listening quietly instead of engaging in constant idle chatter (in the unlikely event that she would simply listen and not make a spectacle of her silence). I would hope that the school administrators would demand that she cover, remove, or turn inside out any shirt that violates the written school dress code. Otherwise, I would prefer that the school treat this moron exactly like I would want my kids treated if my kids worse an NRA t-shirt or some other attire with a positive but controversial message. The school has no right to censor a message based on content.
They suspended a student for being quiet.
Schools have really changed.
I believe that was at a different school (Illinois, not Florida)
I hope the school district loses. The girl wished to be silent for the day and part of the Freedom of Speech is the freedom NOT to speak.
The Constitution does not end at the schoolhouse door and it’s high time the educrats learned this.
So does that mean violent protests are allowed?
The girl and the ACLU will win this case just like they won they won the case in CT.
How far does it go? What if ALL of the students decided not to speak for a day? For a month? For a semester? What if some of their grades were determined by class participation and/or oral exams? What if a school has a published behavior code, which includes a requirement to respectfully reply when spoken to?
I hope the school loses. Imagine the same scenario but it’s a Pro-life day of silence with a t-shirt supporting the cause. Now do you still hope the school wins?
Disruptive activism (leftist or right wingish) has no place in the school.
So it would seem
Fusco them advised the student that if she showed up at school the next day “and was quiet, there would be disciplinary consequences.”
So if I get a group of students together and we find some cause, I’ve got the right to go to school and not answer questions from the teacher or anybody else in authority...am I right? Then of course every other student or group of students has the right to be silent if they find some cause to back. Am I correct?
Going to school is not for protesting. It’s for learning. Learning often involves interaction with the teacher(s). The silent students are off base.
I guess other students can wear anti-gay shirts??
Liberals will pick and choose and you know it. Pro-gay shirts are okay and pro-life shirts are not. Mexican flag shirts are fine, US flag shirts are hate crimes.
bet they'd ban this.
You don't like the girl's message but you're not thinking this thing through.
Read posts 13,15,17,18 and others.
The point is... The school district was right. Schools are no place for disruptive activism.