• Posts Tagged ‘rights at school’

    High school valedictorian recites Lord’s prayer in place of speech

    Roy Costner IV

    Roy Costner IV* was standing at the podium to present his pre-approved speech as class valedictorian. He proceeded to tear up the speech in front of his class, parents, teachers and school administration at Liberty High School in South Carolina. Roy took the opportunity to …

    Teen arrested for wearing an NRA T-shirt

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    Jared Marcum is 14 and a student at a middle school in West Virginia. His school district has a dress code that prohibits clothing and any accessories that display violence, profanity, discriminatory messages or sexually suggestive phrases. In April, 2013, Jared wore a t-shirt to school …

    More intolerance of childish behavior


    “In my eyes, it’s irrelevant; I don’t care who he pointed it at,” said William Welch. “It was harmless. It was a danish.” Mr. Welch is the father of a 7-year-old Josh Welch who goes to Park Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland. In March, 2013, the …

  • The Supreme Court speaks pre-Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary

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    The Supreme Court considered a student free speech case in 2007 (Morse v. Frederick) that you may have heard of. It involved a homemade banner created by Joseph Frederick, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School in Alaska.  In January, 2002, the Olympic Torch was passing …

    7 things to know about cell phones at school

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    Cell Phones at School We have received hundreds and possibly thousands of questions from teens and parents about students’ rights concerning cell phones at school. We highlight some of the top questions below and Judge Tom’s response. Please share your story, thoughts on this issue or …

    Should states allow schools and teachers to be armed?

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    The debate over stricter gun control laws, school safety and whether or not our schools and teachers should be armed has exponentially heated since the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting in December last year. Everyone agrees that the ultimate goal is protection of our children …

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