Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Pennsylvania student told to remove his T-shirt

Chris Schiano attended his Pennsylvania high school in a T-shirt that bore a photo of George W. Bush and said International Terrorist. A school security guard told him to take it off, and he refused, knowing full well that the school had no legal right to make him do so.

The principal of the school now says that, after talking with the ACLU, he realizes that Schiano's shirt does not violate the school's dress code: It makes no reference to sex, drugs, or ethnic intimidation, and it does not display explicit language.

Smart kid, and happy ending. But why do school authorities need the ACLU to come in and interpret their own policies to them? Are they not literate enough to read the guidebook? Well, they may not be, but assuming they are, the reality seems to be that the rules are meaningless. The Constitution, the Geneva Conventions, the UN Treaty on Torture, the North Penn High School rule book...all meaningless.

8 Comments:

Hmm. Could be winner for oy of the day.

By Anonymous The Heretik, at 3:55 PM  

That's pretty funny. I wonder how long the kid will be in the right, though...

By Blogger Helen Wheels, at 9:07 PM  

Unfortunately the small minds will win in the end.

All the school board has to do is create a rule that prohibits shirts featuring any depiction of any political figure, and that's the end of the student's first amendment in this case.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:25 PM  

I think they may not want the additional publicity.

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