We Are Proud to Introduce NYRA-Hudson County!

Posted by on December 9th, 2015

NYRA’s newest chapter has just been formed in Hudson County, New Jersey! Founded by chapter president Mahsiah Imes this July, the chapter has been building up its membership and things are kicking into high gear now. Mahsiah and other chapter leaders circulated a survey to students at Chaplain Charles J. Watters School in Jersey City. […]

Raise Voting Age to 25? How About a Maximum Voting Age of 25?

Posted by on November 17th, 2015

Yesterday Glenn Reynolds wrote that in light of the events happening at Yale and Mizzou that we should raise the voting age to 25. This is as dumb a suggestion as when Ann Coulter suggested raising the voting age to 30. To demonstrate how dumb an argument the otherwise reasonable Glenn Reynolds has made, let […]

Handcuffing Little Kids May Not Be ‘Reasonable,’ Says Obama DOJ

Posted by on November 6th, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Friday got involved with a federal lawsuit against a Kentucky school resource officer who was seen keeping a third-grader with ADHD in handcuffs in a video that went viral this summer. The video of the crying child surfaced as part of a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union and […]

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. […]

Outcry Grows Over Suspension of Student Who Disarmed Suspect

Posted by on March 14th, 2013

Following widespread national media attention, outrage continues to grow surrounding the controversial suspension of a 16-year-old Florida student who reportedly helped disarm a gunman on a school bus, potentially saving at least one life. School officials dispute those reports. Now, however, a national youth-rights organization has officially become involved in the case to advocate on […]

Lawsuit threatened over Cypress Lake HS ‘hero’ suspension

Posted by on March 8th, 2013

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A national youth rights group is prepared to sue the Lee County School District, not for money, but to expunge the suspension given to a teen many are calling a hero. This comes more than a week after a Cypress Lake High School student was suspended after he wrestled a loaded […]

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 […]

Texas School District Reportedly Threatening Students Who Refuse Tracking ID

Posted by on October 9th, 2012

Weeks after Northside Independent School District in San Antonio rolled out its new “smart” IDs that tracks students’ geographic locations, the community is still at odds with the program. The “Student Locator Project,” which is slated to eventually reach 112 Texas schools and close to 100,000 students, is in trial stages in two Northside district […]

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 […]

Speak Out on Corporal Punishment

Posted by on June 9th, 2012

Can’t attend the upcoming rally in Washington, DC against corporal punishment in our schools? You can still share your views. During the second day of the event, NYRA Executive Director Bill Bystricky will join other activists in reading comments submitted from across America. If you have a personal experience with corporal punishment in school, send […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.