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If you can figure out the name, you'll know what it's about. Fortunately, I'm literate. I'm also funny on occasion. Just beware of the flying PMS.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Just Say, "Hit Me!"



I wuz jes a-sitting here wonderin' what to write about, when Rockdog sent me an e-mail that just HAD to become a blog post!

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Alaska high school violated a student's free speech rights by suspending him after he unfurled a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" across the street from the school, a federal court ruled on Friday. Joseph Frederick, a student at Juneau-Douglas High School in Alaska, displayed the banner -- which refers to smoking marijuana -- in January 2002 to try to get on television as the Olympic torch relay was passing the school. Principal Deborah Morse seized the banner and suspended the 18-year-old for 10 days, saying he had undermined the school's educational mission and anti-drug stance. Friday's ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned a decision by a federal court in Alaska that backed Frederick's suspension and said his rights were not violated. The appeals court said the banner was protected speech because it did not disrupt school activity and was displayed off school grounds during a non-curricular activity. "Public schools are instrumentalities of government, and government is not entitled to suppress speech that undermines whatever missions it defines for itself." Judge Andrew Kleinfeld wrote in the court's opinion. The court also cleared the way for Frederick to seek damages, saying Morse was aware of relevant case law and should have known her actions violated his rights. The appeals court said the banner was protected speech because it did not disrupt school activity and was displayed off school grounds during a non-curricular activity. The court also cleared the way for to seek damages, saying Morse was aware of relevant case law and should have known her actions violated his rights.

Where were these people when I was in High School?
And why didn't our church have Bong Hits 4 Jesus??

Happy Monday!!


Hammy

2 Comments:

At Tue Mar 14, 08:30:00 AM, Blogger runningman said...

Ham,
Apologies for not responding to the Juno e-mail, as I only use that when I'm OCONUS. The gmail account is fulltime. Sorry for any anonymity breech, I assumed since others used the Christian name it wasn't a secret. I found out who you were the first time I read your blog, that was enough for me. Take care, God Bless.
FCB out

 
At Tue Mar 14, 08:53:00 AM, Blogger Jeff Vachon said...

Our school didn't have bong hits for Jesus either. However, we had plenty of bong hits for other occasions.

 

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