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Victory: NY School Reverses Suspension for Student Wearing NRA Shirt
Townhall ^ | Apr 23, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien

Posted on 04/24/2014 10:45:44 AM PDT by neverdem

It's not often the Second Amendment scores a victory in the state of New York, but they got one on Tuesday when the Grand Island School district decided to reverse its decision to suspend a student for wearing a T-shirt with the NRA logo.

Shane Kinney, a sophomore at Grand Island High School, was ordered to report to the principal's office last month when a teacher spotted him wearing the "controversial" piece of clothing.

"They've yelled at me for wearing it before because it has a gun on it and I had to duct tape it," says Kinney. Administrators suggested he turn the shirt inside out or find another shirt. He refused, saying there was nothing wrong with it, adding the NRA has done great things for the country.

Parents and gun rights advocates protested the school's intolerant move, and now it seems their efforts have paid off - the district is retracting the suspension. Activist Rus Thompson, who led protests against the school district, posted some insight about the administration's change of heart on his Facebook page after attending Tuesday's board of education meeting:

Victory on Grand Island! Mission accomplished! The Superintendent read a great statement, she admitted they were wrong in the suspension. The suspension has been expunged from Shane's school records. They returned his pocket tool and have stopped the 30 year practice of turning T-shirts inside out. She respects the 2nd Amendment, the 1st Amendment, and is the daughter of a veteran, her daughter shoots on a team. I started the applause after she was finished.

I wish I was in that meeting so I could clap along with him. Good for Grand Island for recognizing that Kinney's T-shirt was harmless and for ultimately ruling in free speech's favor.

It's a small victory in a state that has introduced some of the most anti-gun legislation in the country, but it's a victory nonetheless.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; arth; banglist; newyork; nra

Who's in the pic? Who gets the creit for it?

1 posted on 04/24/2014 10:45:44 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

An apology is not enough. Heads need to roll, starting with the abusive teacher, followed by the administrators. Sue them first - as individual defendants, not the school - then have them fired.


2 posted on 04/24/2014 10:50:13 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: neverdem
I wish I was in that meeting so I could clap along with him. Good for Grand Island for recognizing that Kinney's T-shirt was harmless and for ultimately ruling in free speech's favor.

I couldn't disagree more. This is like applauding a thief who's been forced to return some of your stolen good. Tar and feather them instead.

3 posted on 04/24/2014 10:50:55 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: neverdem

I would call this a “First Amendment victory,” not a Second Amendment victory. The real Second Amendment victory will come when a kid sues a school for suspending him for driving to school with his hunting rifle in the truck and the court siding with the kid.


4 posted on 04/24/2014 10:53:24 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: neverdem
It's not often the Second Amendment scores a victory in the state of New York, but they got one on Tuesday when the Grand Island School district decided to reverse its decision to suspend a student for wearing a T-shirt with the NRA logo.

Hate to be picky (well, I don't actually HATE it, but...) but this is a first amendment issue. If no one is allowed to wear logos or messages, no problem. But if a particular viewpoint is attacked while others stand, hello amendment #1!

5 posted on 04/24/2014 10:55:28 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Great minds...

;^)


6 posted on 04/24/2014 10:56:04 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: cyborg; Clemenza; Cacique; NYCVirago; The Mayor; Darksheare; hellinahandcart; Chode; ...
Bravo Mr. Thompson!

New York Student Suspended for “Insubordination,” aka Opposing Common Core

Police might be tracking you, but you can't see the records

FReepmail me if you want on or off my New York ping list.

7 posted on 04/24/2014 11:05:59 AM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

Contemporary acts of Liberal knee jerks.


8 posted on 04/24/2014 11:06:52 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: from occupied ga
I couldn't disagree more. This is like applauding a thief who's been forced to return some of your stolen good.

The Torah teaches that one returns the goods plus 20% and the crime is forgiven. Christians are taught that when a person repents and completes restitution (in this case return of the goods and a written change in policy), it is to be celebrated. Are you a Christian?

Tar and feather them instead.

I guess not.

9 posted on 04/24/2014 11:23:00 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Carry_Okie

Some people have a problem humbly accepting a victory and moving on. They feel a need to rub the losers nose in it.


10 posted on 04/24/2014 11:27:44 AM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: neverdem

To the left is Dave McKinley the reporter I worked with to expose this story.
The guy in the middle is Shanes dad, a Vietnam Veteranto the right is Shanes mother.


11 posted on 04/24/2014 11:31:45 AM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: neverdem; The Mayor

Thank you.


12 posted on 04/24/2014 11:32:15 AM PDT by lysie
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To: neverdem

I helped expose this whole story, I led the protests and made this go national. Don’t do this crap in my back yard. All 4 of my kids graduated from this school. Once they found out I was involved they instantly started back tracking. We packed the place with TEA Party, 2nd Amendment supporters and Oath Keepers.


13 posted on 04/24/2014 11:34:04 AM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I called it both in all my interviews.
I’m Rus Thompson


14 posted on 04/24/2014 11:34:55 AM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: The Mayor
We packed the place with TEA Party, 2nd Amendment supporters and Oath Keepers.

Well done!

15 posted on 04/24/2014 12:37:03 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: The Mayor

Good Job, Mr. Mayor!


16 posted on 04/24/2014 12:42:49 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: The Mayor

Good Job, Rus!

(((HUGS))))


17 posted on 04/24/2014 6:48:01 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


18 posted on 04/24/2014 8:37:17 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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