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Student Speech & School Dress Codes
A middle school student sued his school board to challenge its decision to suspend him for wearing a shirt to school that said "Drugs Suck!" The student argued that the shirt conveyed an important "anti-drug message" and did not disrupt the school environment. The school countered that the shirt was inappropriate because the word ‘suck' has a vulgar connotation.
Can a public school prevent a student from wearing a t-shirt that says “Drugs Suck”?
A. YESTeachers and administrators must have the authority to do what they reasonably believe is in the best interest of their educational responsibilities, School officials should also protect young students from exposure to vulgar and offensive language.
B. YESStudents do not have the right to free expression in public schools.
C. NOUnless school authorities can forecast substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities, they cannot censor political statements of students, especially those that carry an anti-drug message.