DodgyDagger / WBAL-TV11- Harford School Super Barbara Canavan Condemns School Walkout Day Protests! Says Democratic Protest For 17 Minutes Is A “Threat To Safety”! Is Canavan Abusing Her Authority By Trying To Suppress Free Speech Protest She Believes To Be Controversial ? Suppressing Free Speech Is A Threat To the Safety of Democracy!

http://www.daggerpress.com/2018/03/08/harford-county-public-schools-superintendent-canavan-student-walkout-presents-threat-safety/#comments

http://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/educational-resources/supreme-court-landmarks/tinker-v-des-moines-podcast

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/04/do-students-still-have-free-speech-in-school/360266/

 

Is School Super Barbara Canavan  abusing her authority  when she condemns and threatens those who want to protest gun violence in schools?  Does freedom of speech end at the school house door? Don’t high school students have freedom of speech and the right to exercise that right with a respectful 17 minute moment of silence?

Superintendent Canavan obviously does not understand the position of the Supreme Court on the matter of  student speech rights. In Tinkers v. Desmoines (1969) the court in  a 7-2 decision  declared students do not “shed their constitutional rights of speech and expression at the school house gate.”

Authority cannot callously  and carelessly disrespect the rights of students to free speech and protest. Canavan should step back. She has abused her authority.

Political leaders have failed to deal with gun violence in our society. The young have once again stepped up to say “enough is enough”. Doing little or nothing will not solve  the problem of gun safety in the nation. Its time for a change. Its time to protest the incompetence of political leaders and change our way of dealing with gun violence.

A student protest is not a “threat to safety” but suppressing free speech is a threat to the safety of Democracy.

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