Sunday, December 24, 2006

Judge Orders School To Reinstate "Teddy Bear Movie" Students

When I first wrote about this, I was concerned about "zero tolerance" and "terrorist threats" run amok. Now it's been resolved and the students can go back to school--but they have to make up all the assignments they've missed since they were wrongfully expelled in October! What's up with that? It's not their fault that they missed assignments for two months. It's the school's fault.

The judge ruled that they didn't break any laws and the school wrongfully expelled them, but also said the students should apologize for making a tasteless movie.

The judge said the movie was "vulgar," "tasteless," "humiliating" and "obscene," but ruled that school officials did not prove it disrupted school.

The judge said she did not believe it was a coincidence that the teacher in the movie had the same name as a math teacher at Knightstown Intermediate School. She urged the teens to apologize to the teacher and the school administration.

"School officials need to know you've learned a lesson," Barker said.

Hopefully the lesson they've learned is that there are limits to the power of government, especially schools. The homework requirement, and the suggestion to apologize, show this judge to be half an idiot--only half, because she did rule the correct way regarding the 1st Amendment.

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