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|Quote (Ichthyic @ June 22 2007,14:47)|
|Isn't that kinda the point. People are finding just about anything offensive.|
ah the wonders of diversity.
but it wasn't my point at all.
my point was, if you discover that wearing an item of clothing or accessory is directly offensive to someone, and you wear it specifically and demonstrably in order to offend, that is the actionable thing. In a truly public venue, at least in this country, I would hope that wearing items in order to make a statement is still covered under free speech (though there are laws in many states regarding "inciting to violence" issues).
However, in a school, your right to free speech is countered by the fact that your putative audience is essentially sequestered.
so my point was that the only truly effective method is to look at each case as to what the motivations are. Much harder, but less idiotic than a blanket ban, to be sure.
hence, Penny's example of wearing a pink scarf is a perfect example of NOT looking at the motivation for wearing an item of clothing or accessory.
|It is pretty damn sad that courts deal with this sort of silliness. You would think that there might be more important stuff to deal with.|
It just dawned on me that an answer as to why this stuff ends up in court is exactly the fact that blanket rules in schools shift the responsibility for making specific determinations away from school administrators and onto the courts.
You either have to push for school administrators to spend more time in accepting the burden of responsibility for dealing with issues like this on a case by case basis, or you have to accept that the courts will end up dealing with it.
actually, we should push the burden of responsibility mostly onto the shoulders of the students, too, and the parents who should be teaching them about tolerance, sensitivity, and how to play nice with others.
And so we continue to spiral into a situation where more and more things need to be decided by courts of law?
The whole situation that we find ourselves in is getting ridiculous. Anyone can find anything offensive.
Should school administrators be spending more and more time worrying about what is offensive rather than improving education?
I guess that I think that a litigatious society is a bleedin waste of time and resources that could be used better.