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The United States Supreme Court ruled that students should not “Rejected their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the school gate.”

But, schools have the ability to impose certain limits on speech, especially when such speech would significantly disrupt the educational process.

On Tuesday, a group of Eisenhower High School students wore shirts with the phrase “Come on Brandon” at school.

A week earlier, at a public school board meeting, Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart said “Come on Brando” “Suits this obscene and vulgar symbol” which is prohibited by district policy.

The students were reportedly called to the office on Tuesday afternoon and asked to remove the shirts or return them. They were told that those who did were allowed to leave. Students who did not stay in the office Tuesday afternoon.

“We didn’t want to take them away” Josh Parker said. “We have the right to protest and we have the right to freedom of expression.”

He said about 25 students stayed in the office from around 1:30 p.m. until they were released in class before the end of the school day.

“They came to talk to us about it” Parker said.

“I asked them what we were doing wrong” Parker said. “Nothing on the shirt violates the dress code. They feared it would be offensive to others. They thought we were doing it to be mean… F ‘Joe Biden.

School board members and administrators used the same term to describe “Come on Brandon” phenomenon at a board meeting last week.

That was not the purpose of the protest, Parker said.

“We were doing it because they were trying to take away our right to do this and our right to do that” he said. The shirts “Weren’t my idea. But I got what they were for.

“Everything they said … we never broke these rules” he said.

He said he had a copy of the student manual with him and checked it against what school officials were saying.

“We wore the shirts and we didn’t make a problem … we only wear shirts” he said. “At least we don’t shout and shout. Why did they tell us to take them off? “

When asked if the students are disruptive, Parker said no.

“We put on a shirt and went to school and did school” he said. “It’s over to put on a shirt.”

Other than being called into the office, talking and staying there for about an hour, there were no penalties for the students, according to Parker.

“There was never any consequence” he said. “They never punished us. They let us go back to class.

Stewart confirmed on Wednesday that “So far, no one has been penalized.”

A week ago, the school board discussed at length the appropriateness of the term “Come on Brandon.” During this discussion, Stewart said she emailed the admins to let them know the meaning of the phrase.

Several board members said “Let’s go, Brandon” ways “F ‘Joe Biden.” None used foul language during the meeting.

“To the average person who searches it on Google, it’s supposed to be that shocking and obscene word,” said Stewart. “It fits this obscene and vulgar symbol. I think it’s important that we don’t have this symbol of something obscene in our classrooms.

School board member Arthur Stewart started the discussion with concerns that school officials “disinfectant” language to the detriment of students.

He cited the district’s language policy which prohibits defamatory, obscene or vulgar language, inciting violence or disrupting.

He said “Let’s go, Brandon” is a “Very polite way of saying, I don’t like Joe Biden.”

“If we try to disinfect our schools… if we don’t get our kids to talk about it, how do they become responsible citizens? Arthur Stewart asked. “The disinfection of our classrooms will badly prepare our students. If our children are not participating in these discussions, they are probably not learning to be responsible adults.

Following the conversation, he said he was happy with the handling of the situation and would not take the issue any further at that time. “We had the discussion I wanted to have on this subject” he said. “Let the parents push it or not push it. “

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