Freedom of Speech at Stake in California School

Excerpted from School Disciplines Students for Using the Term ‘Gay’, by Allie Martin and Jody Brown, published Mar 20, 2007, by One News Now:

…Last month, administrators at Gibson Elementary in Fresno informed parents that students would be disciplined for using the word “gay” in a negative fashion. A fourth-grader at the school has already been suspended for saying “that’s gay” during a soccer game — a phrase school administrators claim constitutes “sexual harassment” — and another student was sent to the principal for a similar infraction.

Brad Dacus is president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), which recently sent a letter to school officials, informing them of the constitutional issues at stake — and demanding they reverse the policy, or face the consequences…

“This amounts to not only a free-speech violation,” says Dacus, “but a clear breech of parental trust, in that it engages an open endorsement of homosexuality and suppression of students who think differently.”

…Dacus explains that the concern is valid; similar guidelines, he says, could soon be in place throughout the nation. “School districts often follow what California is doing,” he laments, “and the teachers union organization [National Education Association] is in many states across the country — and this is exactly the kind of thing that they inevitably support.”

Continue reading at One News Now…

This article was posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 at 9:01 pm and is filed under Boards, Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, Bullying & Victimhood, Freedom Under Fire. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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