ACLU of S.C. encourages schools not to punish free expression

by | March 12, 2018 1:32 pm

As students across the country prepare to participate in walk-outs on Wednesday to call for gun safety measures, certain school administrators have communicated their intention to punish students who engage in protest actions.

Shaundra Young Scott, Executive Director of the ACLU of South Carolina, issued the following response:

“We don’t only send our children to school to learn math and writing or to get into college—we send them to school to prepare to become engaged public citizens. There could be no better learning opportunity for how to engage in civil society than to stand up for what you believe in, to call on elected officials to live up to their obligation to constituents, and to organize for the change you want to see in the world.

“And not only are these young people’s actions admirable, they are protected by the First Amendment. The Supreme Court ruled long ago that civil rights do not end at the schoolhouse gate. Therefore, schools have no legal basis to punish students for protest differently for protest than they do for other reasons. We encourage all South Carolina educators and administrators to respect our students’ constitutional rights and celebrate their activism.”

comments » 6

  1. Comment by Barry

    March 12, 2018 at 15:34

    Absolute nonsense. Schools are also supposed to instill discipline. They can protest at weekends and on their own time.,

  2. Comment by Naomi

    March 12, 2018 at 16:37

    Barry, people continue to walk into schools and KILL our children. It has to stop! They are fighting for a safe place to learn. I applaud them. If adults aren’t protecting them, what are they supposed to do?

  3. Comment by Furguson

    March 13, 2018 at 07:54

    Only because their protest is viewed as anit Trump/republican.

  4. Comment by Paul Martin

    March 13, 2018 at 12:47

    Is it viewed as anti Trump or anti government? This mess has been going on through many administrations. Walking out of class is cute at best, we have to hold our leaders accountable. Schools are for learning not protesting, if our children feel that they have to hold protests, we have failed as parents. GET OFF THE BLOGS AND ON THE PHONE WITH YOUR CONGRESSMEN.

  5. Comment by Dot

    March 13, 2018 at 21:25

    If you want to bring amendments into it, let’s not forget the 2nd Amendent, the right to keep and bear arms

  6. Comment by Everett

    March 16, 2018 at 18:20

    They can protest on their own time. My tax dollars pay for that school and the teachers in it. They are wasting the teachers time and my tax dollars. School is not an institution of expression. That is why they have rules, dress code, et cetera.

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