Recently, a school in New Hampshire was caught on tape disciplining a student for wearing a T-shirt that said “I am a homosexual.” It was obvious that this student was expressing his true opinion as he had an erection with the t-shirt on.
The student’s body was covered in blood and he had blood dripping down his leg. His teacher said that the blood was from an erection that he had while in class. The student had also told her that he had been kicked off his soccer team and that he had considered suicide.
When confronted about his statement, the student admitted that he was gay, but it was because he had been raised by his mother to think of himself as part of the “queer” community. His mother would not approve of his sexual orientation and would certainly have disapproved of him wearing such a T-shirt.
Were this student’s view and behavior unacceptable, as reflected by the school’s policy? Absolutely not. Many people feel strongly about their right to express their views, but those who have had to deal with the consequences of such expressions may believe differently. If your son or daughter were arrested for doing something similar to what this student was doing, how likely is it that they would do so again?
Homosexuality is becoming more accepted by society and the gay youth are coming out of the closet. Many schools have become more tolerant of those who identify themselves as gay. Many schools allow their children to wear rainbow clothing during the summer season, a popular choice with many parents.
With these recent developments in society, gay rights groups and supporters have become more vocal, and many have spoken out in support of their cause. Gay groups have organized marches, vigils, and demonstrations in support of gay rights.
Some parents, however, have argued that their school district’s rules regarding dress code and activities are too rigid. The school is required to maintain a dress code that is strictly enforced, even though it may not always be followed. This can lead to problems if someone has an inappropriate apparel or attire on the grounds of their school, particularly if it is a t-shirt.
In conclusion, the answer to the question “Can schools to discipline students for protesting?” Will depend on the circumstances and the policies and procedures of your school. If your school follows the requirements of your state’s dress code and does not allow you to protest and is not willing to accept that student’s point of view, your child may not be able to wear that T-shirt again.
You may want to consider sending your child to a private school or to a school that does not follow strict dress codes. Private schools generally do not follow state-wide dress codes and will not punish students who choose to express themselves in any manner. However, the private schools may have stricter policies concerning sexual harassment.
Your school board policies and dress code can make a difference. Most schools have their own dress code that states that you cannot display clothing that is considered vulgar, offensive, or disturbing. If your son or daughter wore a T-shirt that displayed such a message, they could be disciplined.
Another area in which students’ rights are not always respected in regards to religious beliefs and practices. If your child is a Catholic or Baptist student, the school may be forced to discipline your child because of the beliefs of these religions.
This may seem to make sense to some parents, but some schools can be more lenient than others when it comes to enforcing their public school rules. Although some states prohibit religious apparel in public schools, you may find that your school board rules are not as strict as they may seem at first glance.
Once again, the school board policy must be considered, and the answer to this question may not be so clear. Your school board policy is important to the safety and well-being of your child. When you’re considering this issue, it’s best to look at all of the options and consider the consequences of your child’s actions.