A Colorado school has settled with th student that they wrongfully arrested and suspended for wearing a “Nobama” tee-shirt and holding a pro-McCain sign at an after school hours, pre-election Michelle Obama speech.
According to the ACLU, Dakota Ridge school officials told Benson to leave. When he refused, officials had Benson handcuffed, searched and arrested for interference — a charge that carries up to six months in jail and a $750 fine.
. . . Benson was also given a one-day suspension by principal Jim Jelinek. In his notice of suspension, Jelinek stated the reason was that “Blake was directed to cease politically protesting on school grounds,” said the ACLU.
When the ACLU stepped in to defend Benson’s free speech rights, criminal charges were dropped.
You have to question why on Earth the school ever thought that they could get away with this sort of thing in the first place.
Also, the ACLU takes a lot of grief, much of it deserved, but we should remember that they do some very good work as well, much of it underreported.