Opposing View: Policy Reflects Common Sense

Opposing View: Policy Reflects Common Sense
Posted by CN Staff on March 20, 2007 at 21:55:34 PT
By Kenneth W. Starr
Source: USA Today
Washington, DC -- One year ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued a decision that confounded school boards and administrators nationwide. A conscientious public high school principal enforced a longstanding student conduct policy against a student entrusted to her care. For that entirely appropriate action, the 9th Circuit subjected her to the prospect of punitive damages.
Principal Deborah Morse was in charge of a school event celebrating the Olympic Torch Relay as it arrived in Alaska for the first time ever. The event occurred during school hours. The assembled student body (accompanied by teachers and administrators) lined both sides of the street in front of the school. Cheerleaders were in uniform. The pep band played. And four students acted as torchbearers. At the very moment that the torch (and television cameras) arrived in front of the school, then-senior high school student Joseph Frederick unfurled his now-famous banner festooned with the slang marijuana reference, "BONG HiTS 4 JESUS."Note: Principal should have right to stop drug-promoting publicity stunt. Snipped:Complete Article: USA Today (US)Author:  Kenneth W. StarrPublished: March 21, 2007Copyright: 2007 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: Articles:High Schooler's Fun Unites Right and Left Hits 4 Jesus in Smoke At The High Court 
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Comment #2 posted by OverwhelmSam on March 21, 2007 at 16:58:28 PT
Avenue of Approach
Not enough school administrators losing their jobs? Perhaps we need to take a closer look at our anti-drug school officials.
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Comment #1 posted by dongenero on March 21, 2007 at 09:50:07 PT
auothored by Ken Starr....duh
What do you suppose his self-promoting opinion is?
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