… Or so intoned the Janesville, Wisconsin student during show and tell just before he started ripping his Bible to shreds.
The school responded to this as a “safety matter.”
One child felt particularly “endangered” by this show of bravado, and her father has pulled his kids out of the school and has apparently forced school administrators to treat this as a safety issue, and punish the student. The school is silent on the nature of the punishment, but insists that while the student is constitutionally protected in his decision to rip pages out of his own bible, he was being punished for safety related reasons.
Sounds to me like exactly the kind of two-faced reasoning one might expect from Janesville, Wisconsin…. (groan)
The father of the freaked-out child had this to say:
The school worries about his right to privacy and to free speech that to teachers’ rights or the students’ right to safety … It’s not about free speech. It’s not about necessarily about the Bible although that was disgusting, too. This is about the vicious, vile manner in the way this kid went about this and tried to make some kind of point.
According to the newspaper report which is my only source on this story, “In a separate incident, following the punishment, three Parker High Students wore T-shirts asking for the student in question to be brought back after a punishment was levied against him. School officials made those students change clothes.”