American Flag Shirt ‘Gang Related,’ School District Says

Posted by on November 4th, 2015

A 12-year-old honor student at Yuba Gardens Intermediate school received a dress code violation, but many are wondering if the school overreacted. This back-to-school season, Lori Carpenter bought a simple, patriotic T-shirt from Kohl’s for her son, Dustin Cole. She said she bought it because she liked the American flag design and the blue color. […]

Lesbian Kid Suspended For Standing Up to Anti-Gay Bullying Sues

Posted by on March 3rd, 2013

A Florida high school student is alleging school officials violated her rights when they banned her from participating in an anti-bullying observance and then suspended her from school. In April of last year, DeSoto County school student Amber Hatcher, then 15, was making plans to participate in the National Day of Silence. The event is […]

Terrifying Teen Speech in the News Again

Posted by on August 25th, 2012

If there’s one belief that unites Americans, it’s that First Amendment freedom of speech is a good thing.  Everybody should have it: cigarette companies, SuperPACs, hate groups, Todd Akin, Cher, and Nichole Ritchie. Teenagers, not so much. They might say something wrong. Better to shut them up. The last time the issue of impudent teen […]

New Law in Tennessee Shows ‘Gateway Sex’ the Door

Posted by on May 12th, 2012

On Friday, Gov. Bill Haslam’s office confirmed that Gov. Haslam has signed the controversial bill into law. Even comedian Stephen Colbert chipped in on the nationwide controversy saying on his “Colbert Report” Television show, “Kissing and hugging are the last stop before reaching Groin Central Station, so it’s important to ban all things that lead […]

NYRA’s Letter to Matt Smith

Posted by on March 29th, 2012

Matt Smith, principal at Garrett High School in Indiana, recently expelled a student for Tweeting a swear word on his own time. In response, NYRA’s new Executive Director sent Smith the following message: Dear Mr. Smith, I was disappointed to hear reports that your school chose to expel a student for a Tweet he wrote […]

School expels student for swearing on Twitter during non-school hours

Posted by on March 27th, 2012

From Facebook communications to tweets, you’re no doubt already aware that nothing you do online is truly private. But should you have a reasonable expectation that your superiors aren’t actively spying on you? That’s the question a lot of people are asking after Garrett High School in Indiana expelled a high school senior for cursing […]

Students appeal ruling in American-flag T-shirt case

Posted by on March 2nd, 2012

The Morgan Hill, Calif., high school students prohibited from wearing American-flag T-shirts on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo in 2010 have appealed their case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The students from Live Oak High School contend in Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District that the First Amendment protects their […]

Court to Missouri school district: stop censoring LGBT sites

Posted by on February 16th, 2012

2012-02-15 Windy City Times http://www.windycitymediagroup…..36212.html JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A federal district court ruled today that the Camdenton R-III School District must stop censoring web content geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities through discriminatory filtering software. The ruling orders the district to not block content based on the viewpoints expressed by […]

Youth Rights 101, Part 3: Free Speech Is For ALL Ages!

Posted by on February 10th, 2012

This is part of the Youth Rights 101 series. Please check out Youth Rights 101: Introduction for the rest of the series and more information. How are young people’s free speech rights violated? Look no further than the meme of “washing” a child’s mouth out with soap if she utters a swear word. Many probably […]

Virginia school district considers cross-dressing ban for students

Posted by on February 9th, 2012

February 09, 2012   A Virginia school district is considering banning cross-dressing by students, out of what one board member called concerns for the safety of “several” male students who wear dresses and wigs to school. The Suffolk Board of Education plans to take up the issue at a meeting Thursday night, amid […]

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