School Sends Student Home For Wearing A Pro Gay Shirt…
NEW ORLEANS – The American Civil Liberties Union is defending a student from Desoto Parish Middle School after the principal ordered her to go home or to change her t-shirt which said “Some Kids are Gay. That’s OK.”
Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana, wrote a letter to school Principal Keith Simmons in support of Dawn Henderson.
Henderson was not disciplined, according to Esman, but was sent home for wearing the shirt.
Esman called the directive by the principal a violation of Henderson’s First Amendment rights.
“We are concerned about the lack of First Amendment protections for this student and any other student who would choose to express political or controversial beliefs. We are deeply troubled by the actions that required the student to censor her speech,” said Esman’s letter to Simmons.
According to Esman, school officials claimed that Henderson’s shirt was disruptive, though no incidents were reported.
“To punish the speaker for how others react is to blame the victim, and forces people to restrict their speech only to what they think others may want to hear,” said Esman. “This is not the way a free society engages in public debate.” deets here