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There are 54 comments on the 10TV WBNS story from May 25, 2010, titled Students Art Censored At School | Ohio News Network (ONN). In it, 10TV WBNS reports that:

A painting entered into the Lakewood High School Senior Art Show was causing controversy on Tuesday.

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Lucerne, CA

#2 May 25, 2010
This is not a new article but more like a grabber for a later TV broadcast. Why was the painting "disruptive"? If the figure was nude, say so. That fact itself is not solacious.

New Albany, OH

#4 May 25, 2010
in school you do NOT have freedom of speech, if it interferes with the education process
2 cents

Elmhurst, IL

#5 May 26, 2010
Censorship is slippery slope and at this point in time this country is heading for a big tree at the bottom of that hill!

I understand what your saying Jason but where do you draw that line in the learning process? The lowest common denominator? Maybe the problem is parents not preparing their children for this harsh world. If you expect the schools to teach them everything then you have failed as a parent!

Cincinnati, OH

#6 May 26, 2010
One person mentioned that freedom of speech doesn't extend to the academic setting and he's correct thanks to one really big SCOTUS ruling in 1969 that has often been cited in case law since: Tinker v. DeMoines.
The ruling went FOR the students who brought suit against the district and principals involved, but limited the scope of the supporting ruling such that the student's freedom of speech:
"If he does so without 'materially and substantially interfering with the requirements of the school' and without colliding with the rights of others... Conduct by the student, in class or out of it, which for any reason -- whether it stems from time, place, or type of behavior -- materially disrupts classwork or involves substantial disorder or invasion of the rights of others, is of course not immunized by the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech."
Sadly, our society is not as a whole mature enough to allow the open discussion and appreciation of art as art without innuendo and overtones that would cause disruption in various forms. Based on the rules laid down by the SCOTUS the school is within it's rights to remove it during school hours.(Note: I'm personally FOR the freedom of expression in even this case especially as an artist myself. I had such pictures confiscated back in school myself... in my case it was a rendering of Brunhilda on Valhalla.)
reality check

United States

#7 May 26, 2010
Yeh, like these teens haven't seen breasts before. Get real, a Scotus ruling of 41 yrs is a bit of a stretch don't you think ? But then again with the current administration running this country we'll all be back in the dark age soon.

Columbus, OH

#9 May 26, 2010
reality check wrote:
Yeh, like these teens haven't seen breasts before. Get real, a Scotus ruling of 41 yrs is a bit of a stretch don't you think ? But then again with the current administration running this country we'll all be back in the dark age soon.
Came here to see which idiot would be first to figure a way to wedge a political comment in, leaving happy now.

United States

#10 May 26, 2010
Oh no - boobies! The Christians might be offended. Those kids are doing pot, alcohol and Mexican black tar heroin - that is what the parents should be worried about, not whether they see a naked woman or not.

That mother makes me laugh, though. If her daughter wasn't an artist, she would probably be on the other side of this controversy, urging the painting to be banned. Parents are so fickle.

Cleveland, OH

#13 May 26, 2010
So if my son takes pictures of fellow students nude, but calls it art then it is ok to post them on the walls at school?

Columbus, OH

#14 May 26, 2010
concerned wrote:
So if my son takes pictures of fellow students nude, but calls it art then it is ok to post them on the walls at school?
Photos are porn paintings are art.....if your son is taking pics of students both need help.

Wilmington, OH

#15 May 26, 2010
I dunno...maybe if more kids went to art museums than to Cedar Point for school trips there wouldn't be this problem.

United States

#16 May 26, 2010
concerned wrote:
So if my son takes pictures of fellow students nude, but calls it art then it is ok to post them on the walls at school?
He probably has a couple on his cell phone.

Lucerne, CA

#17 May 26, 2010
Why did a high school student choose this subject? Remember all the Maplethorpe garbage that was deemed to be "art"? The hypocrasy of this situation is that public schools have dedicated themselves to removing the precepts of right and wrong. Whatever someone "honestly" believes to be "truth" is declared to be so otherwise that person and others will be offended -- the New World Order of PC and no ethics or morals. In this case the setting for this "art" is inappropriate and did interfere with whatever (if any) educational process in that school. What matters here most is "reality checks" point. When as today the WORDS of those who govern are planned carefully to hide their true intentions which become actions then freedom of speech and liberty are both at high risk. That is why BO must use a monitor or written text when he speaks or reveal the true Marxist/Communist he is. That is why Pelosi said we need to pass this Healthscam bill so we can see what is in it. Booya: Emotionally healthy people live integrated lives. Compartmentalizing allows a standing prez to be re-elected though he uses cigars but doesn't smoke them in the WH hall. Get a grip!
Linda Baird

Montgomery, AL

#18 May 26, 2010
Where have our morals gone???

San Diego, CA

#19 May 26, 2010
This is such a non issue whoever called the news should be fined for disturbing the peace
Lorna Swinton

Jacksonville, FL

#20 May 26, 2010
Of course the school has the right to censor nudity! They kept her art in the show and it's still eligible for scholarship, but having it show in the hallway would have gotten the school sued by the parents of minors.

Since: Sep 08

Neon City Oh.

#21 May 26, 2010
Where is John Ashcroft when they need him?

Probably in bed with a hooker.

United States

#22 May 26, 2010
It's so funny how some of you are quick to ask "Where have our morals gone" and "What is this world coming to", but the reality here is this girl's assignment was to come up with a peice of art. ART!! Her drawing is nothing more than what you would see in an art museum. Are you going to stop your kids from going on a field trip to learn about art knowing there's nude paintings there? Most likely not since it's an educational experience. Next thing is yes there such thing as free speech in schools. Not only does it make for a better for better educational experience because are free to challenge teachers so the students learn, but the students are free to challenge each other. On top of that, I don't recall reading or hearing anything about the First Amendment being applied to some of the American population and not others. Latly, TeaMan said it best. Parents need to worry themselves about their kids doing drugs more than seeing a nude painting. I see more kids doing drugs more these days than when i was in high school and that was only 10 years ago. Please get over yourselves and worry yourselves about more things like is your kid doing or dealing drugs.
Good Idea

Columbus, OH

#23 May 26, 2010
I think it's good that they put it up during the school day so that one weird kid doesn't get it all "sticky" before the show. Then again those pinko liberal artists that judge it might think that's a plus or something.
just my opinion

Nashville, TN

#24 May 26, 2010
wow...this painting is amazing...its unfortunate that people are so immature that it interferes with others viewing it. COngratulations and never stop painting.

Lucerne, CA

#25 May 26, 2010
The exhibit caused disruption. The student did not lose a scholarship. She has every right to seek an appropriate adult place for her painting to be viewed. When these same students are in class rooms are they allowed to use curse words in debate or questioning? Is this appropriate behavior for a prep school "educational" facility?
Rules and limits are necessary to maintain order. The school has every right to enforce the rules. In any case involved parents are treasures in this day and age.

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