School Sued for Booting Students for Gun Range Photos
Article from Reason by Robby Soave.
Two male students at Lacey Township High School in New Jersey posted photos of guns on Snapchat. One of the boys captioned his photo with “hot stuff” and “if there’s ever a zombie apocalypse, you know where to go.”
The photos were not taken at school. They were not taken during school hours. They did not reference a school. They auto-deleted after 24 hours, which was well before the school became aware of them. And yet, administrators at Lacey Township High School suspended the boys for three days, and also gave them weekend detention.
This was a clear violation of the students’ First Amendment rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union has now filed suit.
“Young people have the right to express themselves, and, with rare exceptions, they shouldn’t face punishment by school administrators for it,” said C.J. Griiffin, a partner at the law firm Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, who is representing the students along with the ACLU.
Read the entire article Reason.
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