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November 06, 2007

Antiwar Illinois High Schoolers To Be Expelled?

[UPDATE: The Chicago Sun-Times has a good story on new developments.]

Arthur Silber has an appalling post about high schoolers in Berwyn, Illinois who may be expelled for holding a peaceful anti-war protest. Arthur grabbed the details from Chicago Indymedia, but it's also covered in detail by a local paper. An online petition opposing the expulsions is here, now with over 1,500 signatories.

Posted at November 6, 2007 12:13 PM | TrackBack

Didn't this sentence from the Indymedia story jump out at you?
"Deans, counselors and even the Superintendent tried to change the minds of a few, mainly those students with higher GPA scores to abandon the protest."

And those with lower GPA scores, well, they don't care at Wal-Mart if you never took trigonometry anyway.

Posted by: donescobar at November 6, 2007 01:17 PM

Apparently the school administrators have realized, "Damn it, where did those students learn to think for themselves!?"

Posted by: Aaron Datesman at November 6, 2007 01:34 PM

i would hope they would be proud of being expelled for such a reason

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at November 6, 2007 02:14 PM

i would hope they would be proud of being expelled for such a reason

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at November 6, 2007 02:14 PM

From the Berwyn Life story:

they need to find another way to express themselves

Yeah, write a letter, kiddies! Look how well that works for the head guys on the Senate committees!

Posted by: lame man at November 6, 2007 03:07 PM

"All classes were locked down after the protesters locked arms and refused to move"

From the update article it sounds like school administrators seriously overreacted to what is a fairly standard non-violent resistance practice and are now trying to justify their response by excessively punishing the students. It's the administrators who should be punished for causing unnecessary disruption, not ten students who were peacefully exercising their constitutional rights.

Posted by: Marcus at November 7, 2007 07:16 AM