Friday, April 14, 2006

More Excellence in Education

The San Diego Union Tribune reports:

A small American flag, tucked into the back right-hand pocket of her pants.

And for that, the Fallbrook High School sophomore was stopped by a security officer, taken to an assistant principal's office and written up in an incident report that was placed in her student file.

Malia, who is an honors student, said she was shocked, then dismayed at what she believes was a violation of her free speech rights on March 31.

But all is not lost -- some sanity may actually begin to slip in here according to this follow on report:

The superintendent of the Fallbrook Union High School District said yesterday there will be an inquiry into allegations that a high school student's free-speech rights were violated when she was told to put away an American flag at school.

Superintendent Tom Anthony said no policy bans flags at a district high school.

Anthony was responding to allegations from Malia Fontana, a 15-year-old sophomore at Fallbrook High, that her rights were violated when the school made her put away a small American flag she wore to school in her back pocket.

She said school officials wrote an “incident report” and placed it in her student file. She has enlisted the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties.

The ACLU sent a letter to the district, demanding that the district stop “censoring” students who display the flag, remove the report from Malia's file and apologize to her and her mother, Nikki Fontana.

Perhaps the most amazing part of this is that the ACLU actually took the correct position on this issue.

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