14 year-old Donald Miller, III received two days of detention for wearing a shirt the school felt inappropriate. He believes the school violated his right to free speech. The shirt was a gift from Miller’s uncle who is serving in Iraq. Miller and his parent’s believe the shirt is a sign of patriotism and is appropriate school attire. However administrators at Penn Manor High School in Millersville, PA disagree.
The school banned the shirt because of the gun pictured on the front and back of the shirt. In light of school shootings and school violence it is understandable that the school prohibits shirts picturing weapons or violence.
Front of Shirt
Schools should and do have the right to place limits upon student’s free speech. Miller’s case is not unique. He is not the first student to face consequences for violating a school’s dress code or to have limits placed upon on his exercise of free speech.
In a school setting it is often necessary to limit a student’s expression of free speech to protect others, prevent disorder or other problems. Teenagers often lack wisdom when speaking and need guidance over what is considered acceptable.
I understand and support Miller’s patriotism and pride in his uncle. However, weapons in any form do not belong in schools. Also, I believe that 2 days detention is a not an unreasonable consequence for violating a school dress code. In some school dress code violations result in immediate suspension and a failing grades for the day.
So what do you think? Has the school crossed the line? Or are Miller and his parents being unreasonable?
Source: Fox News