For example, say your best friend stole your boyfriend from you. A couple days later you wrote a note to one of your other friends and said, “I hate Christi so much I just want to kill her. ” and a teacher intercepted it and read it. She then sent you to the office and you got in tons of trouble. How would you react to this situation? Would you get angry that you got in trouble for something you didn’t really mean? You have the freedom of speech, or so you thought. the First Amendment guarantees US citizens the right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion and the reedom to assemble and petition against the government.
However, these rights are not absolute. When these rights are pushed to the limit and begin to interfere with other peoples First Amendment that’s when these rights are no longer absolute. Nine students from a Miami, Florida high school were arrested for distributing copies of an underground pamphlet called “The First Amendment” on the high school’s grounds. The pamphlet contained profanity, graphical sexual references, and racial and ethnic slurs. The police were notified after the principal of the school, Timothy Dawson, got a hold of he pamphlet.
He was shocked and scared to see a cartoon picture of himself with a dart through his head, and there was an article that talked about what it would be like if the students were to kill him. Should the First Amendment protect students who use profanity, ethnic and racial slurs while at school? Should school officials be allowed to censor student writings and speech? Should school officials be responsible for differentiating between real threats and jokes? The First Amendment should protect teenagers who use profanity at school because high school students sometimes need to use a few swear ords here and there to express how they are feeling.
Racial and Ethnic slurs should be prohibited from schools. School is a place were students should feel safe and unthreatened. Students should be restricted from certain topics that make fun of one person’s ethnicity or nationality. The same thing should go for student writings. Teens in high school should be allowed to use a few swear words here and there in their stories but when they begin to make fun of people’s ethnicity and nationality they are crossing the line. If students could say whatever they wanted to say in their ritings there would be much more violence because people would get offended.
Teenagers in high school are at a point in their lives where they are trying to figure out who they are. if they are forbidden to do so then they will do it no matter what. Verbal and physical fights could develop if the teens are censored completely. School officials are at school to help prevent violence. They are there to help students with problems. Should school officials be responsible for differentiating between real threats and jokes? No, they shouldn’t be responsible for diffentciating between jokes and serious threats.
Most students just joke around about certain topics but if a student is that concerned about a threat that is when they should go talk to school officials. School officials shouldn’t sit there and baby-sit students listening to every word they say trying to tell the difference between threats and jokes. They would be wasting a lot of time worrying about things like this. Teenage students’ rights should be restricted to a certain point. They should be allowed to say what they want as long as it’s not crossing the line of where one persons rights ends and where the others begins.