where do you stand?

on ‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’?

The appeals court sided with a high school student who displayed a banner reading “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” during an Olympic torch relay in 2002. It ruled former Juneau-Douglas High School principal Deborah Morse violated former student Joseph Frederick’s free speech rights.

Frederick, then a senior, was off school property when he hoisted the banner but was suspended for violating the school’s policy of promoting illegal substances at a school-sanctioned event.“The principal’s actions were so outrageous, basically leaving school grounds and punishing a student for a message that is not damaging to the school,” said his attorney, Doug Mertz.

Superintendent Peggy Cowan said clarification is needed on the rights of administrators when it comes to disciplinary action of students who break the district’s drug message policy.

“The district’s decision to move forward is not disrespectful to the First Amendment or the rights of students,” she said. “This is an important question about how the First Amendment applies to pro-drug messages in an educational setting.” [MSNBC]

are you with the school administrators or the student(s)?

I’m dying to hear your opinions in the comments…



Filed under freedom, I believe the children are our future, liberty, politics

6 responses to “where do you stand?

  1. Um, I am going to go way out on a limb here and say that I stand with the US Constitution…
    While there is admittedly some curbing of first amendment rights in the schoolhouse doors, this student was off property.
    While I think it was a pretty stupid sign, I am wary of the example being set Our schools are increasingly hostile to traditional Christianity. What happens when a student has something to say which violates supposed “hate speech” rules?
    Gotta go with the students on this one, of for no other reason than it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see the future for this one.

  2. KP

    how was this a school sanctioned event? if it really was a school sanctioned event , then school rules apply…if not, then the principal is a retard..

  3. Kelly — “standing with the Constitution” is not as clear as it sounds, given the many varying interpretations…

    KP — I think the parade was a school sanctioned event, but the students were across the street, off school property…

  4. Perhaps they would have had an easier time if the sign had read something like “Bong Hits for Jah Jah”
    It would have definitely been religious expression then.

  5. I stand corrected. Apparently there is a church called Temple 420 which considers sparking up a sacrament. I have not yet found in my Bible where this is ordained…

  6. that is so West Coast. I’m assuming.

    I ran into a guy at our client site today that I worked with years ago, and his cubical was #420, and I laughed cuz we always thought he was high. we suspected coke though, not pot. whatever.

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