It looks like Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act has moved the “Free Speech Zone” to yet another website. According to The Chicago Tribune, “a 17-year-old high school student who posted comments online about Plainfield School District 202 is facing expulsion because of his blog.”
What the offense? Expressing his opinion on a Xanga site about a school related issue.
After serving a 10-day suspension over his posting on Xanga.com, the teen is scheduled for a hearing Thursday on the matter, attorney Carl Buck said. The student is back in school but could be expelled and sent to an alternative school, Buck said.
“They are trying to terminate his educational rights,” he said. “Neither the parents, student or I believe this warrants expulsion. This seems pretty aggressive for the kind of [posting] we are talking about here.”
The student was suspended from school earlier this month after posting a letter online criticizing the discipline of another student, Buck said. He also posted a letter to school administrators saying his opinions were being stifled and that he was being bullied into removing information on his blog.
“Did you ever stop to think that maybe now you really are going to have a threat on your hands now that you have just [ticked] off kids for voicing their opinions?” one of his postings read. “The kids at Columbine did what [they] did because they were bullied.”
While he was suspended, the student’s parents received a letter saying the school district is considering expelling him, Buck said.
On Thursday, he is scheduled for a hearing at which he can make his case. The Plainfield school board will decide if the teen remains in school, Buck said. He didn’t know when the board would take action.
Compulsory education combined with a restriction on being able to complain about the system has but one accurate word to describe it: Slavery. H/T to Mike G.