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Go to: Student's 'Be Happy, Not Gay' t-shirt ok

Gymnopedie's Avatar Jump to comment 124 by Gymnopedie

I think some of us see wearing this shirt as a form of bullying (such as I) and others see it as "just another day in the life" for Freedom of Speech. It sickens me a bit that so few people can even make the connection here with bullying. But bullying is Freedom of Expression, so we must allow that, too.

Sat, 26 Apr 2008 05:58:00 UTC | #161021

Go to: Student's 'Be Happy, Not Gay' t-shirt ok

Gymnopedie's Avatar Jump to comment 76 by Gymnopedie

This is a school, people. We all love to think of it as a training ground for the real world where we all have Freedom of Speech, but this attitude is just plain stupid. Although a rule on no slogan t-shirts would probably be a good thing, the better reason is to avoid offense in school. The school should be a "neutral zone" in that the kids shouldn't have to be afraid to be demonized or harassed for their lifestyle. And let's face it, the whole bullying thing isn't too pleasant.

Did I mention the whole "kids" thing...? Ugh, whatever...

Fri, 25 Apr 2008 21:00:00 UTC | #160919

Go to: Student's 'Be Happy, Not Gay' t-shirt ok

Gymnopedie's Avatar Jump to comment 27 by Gymnopedie

I really think public schools should be a "neutral zone" of sorts, where stupid things like this offensive shirt should be banned. Freedom of Speech for ignorant little kids with, perhaps, even more ignorant parents is not the same thing as Freedom of Speech as we see it on a day to day level. For a school, I think a reasonable level of censorship can be had without any of the slippery slopes we expect when we deal with censorship issues on this site oh so regularly. If I am missing something, please protest. (I should note that a new policy should not be enacted to ban the shirt if a policy did not exist before that would ban it. Creating rules for one incident is both paranoid and stupid.)

I always wonder about the parents in a situation like this. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the kid is wearing the shirt at their suggestion or with encouragment from his church or something of that nature. When dealing with kids, the issue is far blurrier than we can see from a tiny article.

Fri, 25 Apr 2008 06:57:00 UTC | #160173

Go to: Student's 'Be Happy, Not Gay' t-shirt ok

Gymnopedie's Avatar Jump to comment 1 by Gymnopedie

What a little rebel...

Fri, 25 Apr 2008 05:21:00 UTC | #160037

Go to: Responses to 'Gods and Earthlings' by Richard Dawkins

Gymnopedie's Avatar Jump to comment 50 by Gymnopedie

Freakin' scholars writing in. Sheesh.

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 17:36:00 UTC | #157878

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