Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Zero-Tolerance Kills Brain Cells

When I was in high school, I remember students being allowed to make announcements and give opinions over the PA system. So I don't really understand why allowing students to announce a morning prayer gathering at the flagpole would be a violation of the 1st Amendment's Establishment Clause.
The video used the words prayer and pray. Elias had suggested using a version of the video without those words, but the student group filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to force the broadcast of the original version.

It must be part of that same "erring on the side of caution" impulse that zero-tolerance policies cause in school officials, and in some Federal judges. That was my polite way of saying that fear of lawsuits makes school officials incapable of rational thought and action, so they make stupid blanket decisions.

As long as the school allows student groups to make announcements about student club activities, there's no reason to disallow this one which contains non-offensive or illegal subject matter.

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