ERIC Number: EJ769364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Another Free-Speech Court Case off T-Shirts
Taylor, Kelley R.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v72 n3 p37-40 Nov 2006
In this article, the author discusses the quandary encountered by school officials at Poway High School in California in April 2004 when a student wore a T-shirt that reads, "Be ashamed, our school embraced what God has condemned" on the front and "Homosexuality is shameful--Romans 1:27" on the back. The student wore that T-shirt in an effort to express his views about homosexuality during and the day after a "Day of Silence" at the school. Organized by a Gay-Straight Alliance club, the Day of Silence was designed to help encourage tolerance toward all students, including those of gay and lesbian orientation. T-shirt controversies are not new to school officials, students, or even the general public. Nor are controversies concerning sexual orientation. Thus, the real dilemma for school leaders is not merely being aware of the issues, but rather knowing how to deal with such issues when they arise.
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Court Litigation, Homosexuality, Student Rights, School Administration, Censorship, Educational Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bethel School District 403 v Fraser; Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier; Tinker v Des Moines Independent School District