Mom: School Violated Daughter's Free Speech

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) -- The mother of a Middle Tennessee high school student says her daughter's free speech was violated when she was prohibited from wearing a "Free The Jena Six" T-shirt to school.

Norma Super says her daughter, Dani, and some other students were not allowed to wear the T-shirts inside Smyrna High School last week.

She says school officials told her the shirt could cause problems.

The message on the shirts was in support of six African-American students charged in the beating of a white peer at Jena High School in Louisiana. The case has gained national attention, largely because of its racial overtones.

Rutherford County schools spokesman James Evans says the Smyrna High administration treated the T-shirt as a dress code violation because it could have caused disruptions.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by me Location: knoxville on Oct 2, 2007 at 02:30 PM
    by the way lori, the school suspended the 3 white students were suspended for 3 days. if the roles were reverse it would be a hate crime.6 people assaulted 1 boy so let the law do its job.
  • by lori Location: morgan county on Oct 1, 2007 at 05:53 PM
    I think no matter what race you are these african american boys had no choice but to take a stand for themselves and I also agree that the shirts are distracting and could cause a problem within the school but the students can still show their support for the Jena-Six on the outside walls of the school. I don't agree with fighting but the ropes hung out there was just pushing someones buttons. God doesn't look at the color of our skin He looks at our hearts, by the way I am caucasian and I think turning the other cheek is still the best bet for anyone until you are pushed way too far. It suprises me that the whites in this case were not disciplined by the school system. Shame on them. It is a pitty when adults won't take a stand and our students/youth have to because the adults in the school system ignore that anything is going on or maybe they are bias.
  • by kenny Location: maryville on Sep 30, 2007 at 09:00 PM
    In Maryville,and blount county schools,anything deemed as distracting.HAVING SAID THAT,white students arent allowed to wear confederate emblems on school premesis because blacks are offeded by this.However,black students can wear malcolm x emblems which are offensive to white students who are familiar with his anti white rant's.If 6 whites came from behind a black kid and knocked him out,then beat him,my children would not wear a shirt supporting a bunch of thugs.Anyone reguardless of race,should not support a violent act like jena.Most of all,parents shouldn't use their to promote political beliefs.I'm appauled that people are actually using a hate related incident to grandstand and make speaches.Besides,al S.and jessie J. totally forgot the young lady in west VA that was raped and tortured.This shows you what their true motives were. This lady needs to be ashamed of herself,but shes probably like the protesters in jena,full of hate and reverse racism!Kenny,Maryville
  • by old grouch Location: kodak on Sep 30, 2007 at 08:52 PM
    the schools right, the only reason for wearing them was to get attention.

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