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5th Grader Suspended For Anti-Obama Shirt

Posted by Casey on September 23, 2008

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An 11 year old 5th grader was suspended for wearing the shirt pictured above to school. 

MyFox Colorado | 5th Grader Suspended For Anti-Obama Shirt

An 11-year-old in Aurora says his first amendment rights are being trampled after he was suspended for wearing a homemade shirt that reads “Obama is a terrorist’s best friend.”

The fifth grader at Aurora Frontier K-8 School wore it on a day when students were asked to wear red, white and blue to show their patriotism.

According the the boy’s father, the school district told the student, Daxx Dalton, that he had the choice of changing his shirt, turning his shirt inside out or being suspended.

The best part is that the school’s only response to the press was that they respect a student’s right to free speech.

Aurora Public Schools would not talk about the case but said the district “Respects a student’s right to free speech, such as the right to wear specific clothing,” but administrators say they review any situation that interrupts the learning environment.

So are we to believe the boy interrupted the learning environment?  How?

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6 Responses to “5th Grader Suspended For Anti-Obama Shirt”

  1. otto42 said

    The boy was in a verbal altercation when the verdict from the principal’s office came down. Yes, it was right to suspend him, but not for wearing the shirt, but for disrupting the learning environment with fighting.

  2. Host said

    From other stories I’ve read, the other students who support Obama made an issue out of it with teachers. I haven’t read anything yet that has the boy in an altercation he started. That means the other students created the disruption, and they should have been suspended. The teachers allowed Obama supporting students to censor this boy.

  3. Poot said

    It looks like this kid’s idiot father made the shirt himself. I feel sorry for this kid having a parent that would make him do something like this–as if a fifth grader knows anything about it.

  4. Poot said

    Gotta say, as far as “censoring” this kid, I believe the proper response to slander is censorship, followed up by a lawsuit. This kid most likely chose not to change his shirt because he knew his father would beat the crap out of him if he did.

  5. Host said

    There is no slander here. For slander to be a factor you have to show damages while producing evidence that the slanderous statement is fabricated. This does not apply. Given the numerous contacts with terrorist organizations (or their sympathizers) that Obama has this shirt is a perfectly valid statement. Any slander suit would be tossed by a judge.

    You’re also assuming that the father is abusive, and that all parents don’t instill their beliefs in their kids. That is preposterous.

    We all know that Obama, and his supporters, are . However, it is still a tenet of our law that was deemed so important that it is the among the first things protected.

    The boy did not create a disturbance. The other students did, and they should be punished. It was unreasonable for the school to demand he change his shirt, when the shirt is allowed under school rules, just to shut up a couple of kids.

    I’d also like to point out that everyone who supports the school’s decision seems to think the boy has no opinion of his own. You’ve stated that the boy was doing all of this because of his dad, and “as if a fifth grader knows anything about it.”

    If this 5th grader doesn’t know anything about it … then the other 5th graders don’t know anything about it either. Therefore, by your conclusion, the other students who were upset with this boy were only being used as puppets by their parents or teachers … just like the boy in question. It is impossible to separate the correlation between the two parties.

  6. Host said

    There is no slander here. For slander to be a factor you have to show damages while producing evidence that the slanderous statement is fabricated. This does not apply. Given the numerous contacts with terrorist organizations (or their sympathizers) that Obama has this shirt is a perfectly valid statement. Any slander suit would be tossed by a judge.

    You’re also assuming that the father is abusive, and that all parents don’t instill their beliefs in their kids. That is preposterous.

    We all know that Obama, and his supporters, are . However, it is still a tenet of our law that was deemed so important that it is the among the first things protected.

    The boy did not create a disturbance. The other students did, and they should be punished. It was unreasonable for the school to demand he change his shirt, when the shirt is allowed under school rules, just to shut up a couple of kids.

    I’d also like to point out that everyone who supports the school’s decision seems to think the boy has no opinion of his own. You’ve stated that the boy was doing all of this because of his dad, and “as if a fifth grader knows anything about it.”

    If this 5th grader doesn’t know anything about it … then the other 5th graders don’t know anything about it either. Therefore, by your conclusion, the other students who were upset with this boy were only being used as puppets by their parents or teachers … just like the boy in question. It is impossible to separate the correlation between the two parties.

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