That is absolute, uninformed BS! First of all, there is no such thing as "adolecents" or "young Adults" in legal standing. According to law you are a child until you turn 18 at which point you are an adult.<quoted text>
No, these are not "children", these are high-school students. Adolescents, formerly known as "young adults". Your over-protective instincts of your little angels only serves to do them harm.
Frankly, it is WAY beyond the scope of a judge to determine what IS and what IS NOT political speech, especially since political speech is exactly why we have a 1st amendment. This experience, I'd say, was VERY educational for the boy.
I'd personally be proud of him for having the personal pride and bravery to stand up to the administration to the point of actually filing a lawsuit. So may posters here have apparently got the idea somewhere that while a student, and not a full citizen, that one has *no* Constitutional rights. This is not the case; they are restricted (one cannot vote for instance) but they still exist.
There are very few restrictions on the freedom of expression (e.g. speech); direct incitement to "immediate" violence is about the only one. Even that vile white supremacist out West whose web site postings inveighed for people to go vigilante and kill off non-Caucasians gets a pass after being challenged in court; why? Because it wasn't a direct, immediate incitement to violence.
So here we have a t-shirt, obviously political in nature, and I've seen posts by dozens of fascists, foaming at the mouth to obey the rules without a thought as to whether the rules are Constitutional. This clearly is not; if casual clothing is allowed, and graphic t-shirts are allowed, then one CANNOT, especially as a representative of the government, censor the CONTENT of the message.
This happened in the 60s, too. Schools tried repeatedly to stop students from expressing *political* opinions regarding Vietnam, Nixon and Jim Crowe\Race relations in the South. I don't have the specific SCOTUS case on hand, but the decision was that, so long as it wasn't disruptive to the class, students have every 1st Amendment right as adults to express political opinion.
I can go on, but I should stop my rant.
Second, this is about a shirt, not about guns, alot of people on this board need to calm down, no one is taking away your precious little toys.
Third, there is a strong history of the courst not applying the Bill of Rights to children in schools. It is usually when the good of the school is at stake. Most ly would be a case form the 70's (NJ vs PTO or something like that) where the locker and purse of a teen was searched without a warrent because of the suspcion of either drugs or weapons, not sure. The SC found that the over all well being and saftey of the school outweighed the childs rights under search and seizure and due process.
CHILDREN don't have the same rights as adults. Actually read something other than Sports Afield.