I’ve talked about how public schools are completely out of control a few times before. Students told what to wear, what to say, and how to act. The students who do not conform are labeled as outcasts.
After years of being opressed, rediculed, and downtrodden it does not come as a surprise that kids lash out. While I do not condone nor agree with the methods of those involved in the Columbine Masacre, I can empathize to a certain degree with their state of mind. It can be very difficult to complete with the idolized athletes in your High School when all you do is get straight A’s, organize school events, and volunteer for local nonprofits.
It is for the above reasons that I find the story of a student fighting back and winning so uplifting. The student described in the article was suspended after posting a violent message on a satanistic website. He sued saying his freedom of expression was violated and the courts agreed! I always thought that schools punishing students for violations that occurred off school grounds was overstepping some boundary. Apparently the federal courts agree as well.