The Destruction of 1st Amendment Rights In Our Schools

Essay by NeilCollege, UndergraduateF, May 1996

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In 1787 our forefathers ratified the constitution of the United

States of America, which contains the most important document to

any American citizen, the Bill of Rights. The first amendment of the

Bill of Rights states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of

religion, or prohibiting the establishment thereof; or

abridging the freedom of speech; or of the press; or the right of

the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the

government for a redress of grievances.

these freedoms (commonly called the freedom of expression) are of

the most important rights in a truly democratic society. Without

them there would be no new ideas; we would all conform under

totalitarian rule for fear of punishment. However, when I, a common

student at West Rowan High School try to express my feelings on 'the

state of the Bill of Rights in schools today' by making a computer

presentation in multimedia class, my work is declared 'bad' and my

teacher and assistant principal do one of the most un-American things

imaginable: they censored it.

I had to re-make the presentation and

lighten the harsh tone, and also erase the anarchy symbol from it. The

teacher said that she was worried about me for reasons such as my

feelings on the freedom of religion were almost satanic, because I said

teachers should not be able to publicly practice religion in schools

because it will encourage students to become a part of that religion.

The presentation was neither slanderous nor obscene, but it did

criticize teachers and administrators calling them 'fascist dictators'.

At first I was angry at the school because I could wear clothing that

was obscene or contained liquor advertisements, now they have

completely taken away my freedom of speech. This of course proved

my argument that teachers and...