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Freedom of Speech in Schools
Chance, L.

Many Schools in the South are banning students from displaying the Confederate flag. The school's reasoning for the restriction is disturbance of students learning. They claim that student's learning is being affected because of the controversy the Confederate flag holds. Arguments are started, thus disturbance within the class. However, many students are feeling their constitutional rights are being violated when they are told they aren't able to wear the confederate flag. I agree with students who feel they are being violated. The supreme Court's majority opinion written in 1969 states,” In our system, state-operated schools may not be enclaves of totalitarianism. School officials do not possess absolute authority over their students. Students in school, as well as out of school, are “persons” under our Constitution.” This illustrates how the way students rights should be respected by school officials. Over the years the Confederate flag has gained a bad rep, but should not be banned because of the few that hold lack of knowledge.

The Confederate flag is surrounded by stigma. Many students and even adults believe the only thing the Confederate flag represents is racism and slavery, which is unbelievably not true. Many Southerners display the flag to symbolize pride. Others display the flag to simply exercise their right to freedom of expression, and to eliminate bad stigma that has gathered around the flag. A passage from the document, “Court's Minority Opinion” states,” Neither the state nor the federal Government has any authority to regulate the content of speech.” Public schools being State-owned, should not be able to regulate or censor the content of speech, but continue to threaten punishment for those who will not remove the Confederate flag. Although there are students who wear shirts portraying black people picking cotton under the Confederate flag, doesn't mean those who are wearing the flag to...
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