Student's Rights


Are you in the mood for some good reading? The other day I was in the
Guidance Office looking for guidance when I saw an unassuming three page packet.
Having nothing else to do, I picked one up and began reading. I learned that
the name of this little manual is the Student's Rights and Responsibilities Bill.
I thought to myself, "my, what a great place is La Follette, that I can simply
walk into my guidance office and learn my rights as a student. But wait, why
must I pursue this information on my own? Why isn't this information in my
handy handbook issued to me at the beginning of the school year? I ought to
read this!" So I read. Soon I realized why our School Board may not ...

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an "I love Cheryl Wilhoyte" love-fest,
let's take a look at what these "legitimate rules" are, particularly as they
apply to freedom of speech, expression, and something they like to call
"material disruption of the educational environment."
The first item on the list is literature, specifically a student's right
to post it. It reads "Students shall have the right to post any literature of a
non-commercial nature without prior censorship or approval by the Administration
or School Board in any designated posting area, provided, however, the
designated representative shall be accorded the right to remove posted material
s/he considers obscene, libelous or will cause material disruption to the
educational environment." Let's stop and think a bit. I have the right to post
whatever I want so long as my Administrators agree with it? Whose rights are we
really talking about here? Well, I began to think and it occurred to me that
maybe my Administrators and School Board ...

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Perhaps I'm just reading this wrong, but it seems to me
that this bill of rights says that (paraphrased) "students can do what their
administrators deem appropriate." Personally, I'm insulted that the School
Board and our Administrators, the very people that are supposed to be helping us
become intelligent, free-thinking adults, really give themselves the right to
make me change my clothes or remove symbols of my beliefs because it may rub
someone the wrong way.
It's getting to the point where the WASPS downtown who have a very small
idea what the students are really thinking make decisions for us on basic
fundamental things, like our dress and expression of beliefs. Isn't the ...

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