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  •  Exactly. (3+ / 0-)
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    lyvwyr101, badscience, ffour

    But the school itself may not be the agency to deliver those consequences.
    Actually, it seems that their peers were the first responders (and good for them) and international shaming, reflecting back on their upbringing and schooling will do much more to teach them than a government agency (the school) punishing them.
    Leaving it up to the school to deal with puts them in the position of choosing what speech is OK and what's punishable. Particularly in a school, which should be a safe environment to work through difficult issues without fear, this should be a subject of discussion, schoolwide, to make it a realworld lesson, rather than treating it as a crime.
    Freshmen are 13-14 years old, they can't be expected to already know what's right on every path. It would not be surprising to find a strain of hidden racism there that can be disinfected with sunlight. Officialdom punishing them is more likely to drive it deeper underground and work against tolerance in the long run.
    That said, it also can't be justified, ignored, swept under the rug and/or left hanging there. The school needs to take the lead in using this teachable moment.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 08:44:36 AM PST

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    •  Depends. If the school has a policy (2+ / 0-)
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      about what can / can't be worn at school functions then the school is the agency to address ( and by their actions,  they've invited others to address as well) . For example is there a dress code for school functions ( there were at my son's HS) and did this violated standards that were already known to the students.

      In reality, they'd have been lucky if this was only a school discipline issue. They've got the world to deal with now.

      We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

      by Vita Brevis on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 09:16:46 AM PST

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