Land of the What?

Hard lessons from poetry class: Speech is free unless it’s critical

In March 2003, a teenage girl named Courtney presented one of her poems before an audience at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Albuquerque, then read the poem live on the school’s closed-circuit television channel.
A school military liaison and the high school principal accused the girl of being “un-American” because she criticized the war in Iraq and the Bush administration’s failure to give substance to its “No child left behind” education policy.
The girl’s mother, also a teacher, was ordered by the principal to destroy the child’s poetry. The mother refused and may lose her job.

It gets worse. Go read. I am rooting for the ACLU here. Kick their asses, man. How can a center of learning do this kind of thing?

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