Public schools continue to serve their most vital public function: Teaching kids that they can’t express themselves except in government approved methods. It’s no surprise that a government court just upheld the action of the school in question. From Reuters:
Public schools can bar clothing with slogans that are hurtful, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday in the case of a student who wore a T-shirtsaying “Homosexuality is shameful.”
The 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals backed a San Diego-area high school’s argument that it was entitled to tell a student to remove a T-shirt with that message.
The officials were concerned the slogan could raise tension at the school, where there had been conflict between gay and straight students.
The student sued, claiming the school’s dress code violated his free speech, religious freedom and due process rights.
What’s even worse is they are turning the already scary nanny state into a cry baby state:
Writing for the panel’s majority, Judge Stephen Reinhardt affirmed a lower court’s decision against an injunction against the school and said schools may bar slogans believed to be hurtful.
Students “who may be injured by verbal assaults on the basis of a core identifying characteristic such as race, religion, or sexual orientation, have a right to be free from such attacks while on school campuses,” Reinhardt wrote.
“The demeaning of young gay and lesbian students in a school environment is detrimental not only to their psychological health and well-being, but also to their educational development,” Reinhardt added.
Since when did a t-shirt cause harm to one’s “psychological health and well-being”?
I may disagree with the message of the t-shirt, but I don’t go around playing t-shirt message cop. They shouldn’t either. If they can ban this particular message, then they also have the power to ban shirts which read “Celebrate Diversity”, “My gay son beat up your straight son” or “Your straight son isn’t as straight as you think he is”. The next thing you know, this message will be off-limits, too: “Support Free Speech Rights”.