We Don’t Need No Free Expression

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.

posted by Stephen Gordon
  • scottp

    So students of public schools have no 1st ammendment rights?

  • Timothy West

    its actually more about all these fucking “zero tolerance” policies they have set up all over the country. I have a buddy whose kid was suspended for 2 weeks bcuase he told a girl that she was hot.

    Another time he got suspended for telling a teacher that her homowork assignment for that day was gay. :D

  • Terry

    Zero Tolerance policies also train children to have no expectation of due process. This is good training for them as it reflects the nature of our justice system.

  • TerryP

    It looks like there is another “Terry” has started blogging on this site so I am going to have to change my name.

  • TerryC


  • “The public school system must be abolished, its buildings razed to the ground so that not one stone is left standing on another, and salt sown on the ruins.”- L Neil Smith

    Not too sure I totally agree with El Neil on this one, though. Maybe some of the buildings can be sold to someone who will put them to good use, and some can be converted into museums so that the free children of the future can learn what their ancestors went through.

    I have zero tolerance for government schools. They have to go.

  • The school actually has a policy against complaining about their discipline policy? And I was worried about students not learning the Constitution.

  • Stuart Richards

    The schools are getting less and less free every day.

  • Sol

    What a great 1st Amendment lesson for the “childern.” But of course the 1st Amendment is not taught in our government run youth propaganda camps. Why bother? There’s no point in teaching something our government masters are abolishing.

  • LibertasPraesidium

    Back in high school i was in a group of juniors that led a silent protest against the pricipal who threw (almost literally) a friend of ours out of school for unnatural hair color, (it had been tipped green by her mother, a beautician) so we came to school with the rain colors in our hair 13 of us were kicked out that day. because we were a disruption. I knew it was getting bad but now students can’t complain about it. looks like the ACLU’s student handbook doesnt apply anymore.

  • Matt

    My school doesn’t pull shit like this.

    I kind of wish it did, just so I could show them what I think of it.

  • Joe

    Ah, don’t forget the constant violation of our fourth amendment rights in public schools, either. I have to pay $10 a year to essentially rent a locker. My locker, however is subject to random search, seizure of items within it, and all of this without probable cause. I suppose one could make an arguement that as “landlord” my school has the right to do this, but if that were the case, police officers could search housing projects, college dorms, etc. without a warrant or probable cause.

  • Ryan B.

    This something that is happening more and more today. I met someone the other day for the same stuff she had written about columbine she managed to get expelled for it.

  • Julian


    Excellent analogy.