Friday, September 30, 2016
Free Speech But Not For Thee
Perhaps Amherst Region High School Principal Mark Jackson needs to take a refresher Civics course specifically relating to the most bedrock of sacred American values, the First Amendment.
And perhaps a basic psychology class as well because the best way to get teenagers to do something you don't want them to do is to directly forbid them to do it.
In his letter to the community Jackson clearly states in writing "These two chants are prohibited": "warm up the bus" and "if you’re winning, clap your hands." So long as the kids are not chanting "fire" in a movie theater, that's a clear violation of the First Amendment.
What is a worse example to set: kids being kids at a school sponsored sports event or a school system trampling their First Amendment rights?
Maybe somebody should ask the ACLU.