Students’ Rights: Speech, Walkouts, And Other Protests

from ACLU

Students around the country are turning the heartbreaking school shooting in Parkland, Florida, into an inspiring push for change. Plans for coordinated student walkouts have been making national news and have already spurred disciplinary threats from some school administrators.

That’s why it’s so important that everyone – especially students and allies – learns about students’ rights.

More here.


53 Responses to Students’ Rights: Speech, Walkouts, And Other Protests

  1. Mia Ferrante November 22, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

    I, along with many other students, are tired of hearing about school shootings happening across the nation. School is supposed to serve as a safe zone, a place to go to get an education and plan for the future. Students should not have to sit in class in fear of a gun-related attack happening to them. Student-led walkouts are becoming more popular around not only gun violence, but the black lives matter movement, and the #metoo movement. It’s especially popular among high school students who still don’t have the right to vote, so it’s their way of expressing their views to the public. The younger generation is the future of the country, so I think that when students speak out and practice their rights it gives us hope for the future. Walkouts are also an opportunity to bring students together to fight for something that seems to be a big issue in society that they cannot control themselves because adults have the duty of handling these problems. I think it is important for students to know their boundaries if they are participating in a walkout or protest. Keeping it peaceful and not violating any laws or school boundaries is important because if the school code is broken, they have the opportunity to step in and intervene. As far as getting punished for leaving class, it would be naïve for teachers to do so. As the future of our nation students should be allowed to express their constitutional rights and fight for what they believe in without being worried about getting punished for doing so. The controversy that surrounds these nationwide walkouts is a huge step in the right direction for the future of our country. Similar to mass shootings such as Parkland and Sandy Hook, other first world countries also face similar problems. The difference between the United States and other countries is that other countries take immediate action and make a change in gun control laws. They often experience a significant decrease in mass shootings throughout the country because the actions of the public and students who sparked outrage and signed petitions to enforce stricter gun control are the ultimate reasoning behind this change. The United States, on the other hand, tolerates what is happening and refuses to make a change due to the divide in political parties.

  2. Emily Rodger November 22, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

    This article does a good job of explaining the rights that students have. Every student should read this article because a lot of times, students do not know what rights they actually have. No matter whether you are in school or out, every single person has the same rights under the Constitution. As the article mentions, a school is not allowed to punish you for expressing your views. Unfortunately, many school districts do prevent students from expressing their views. Last year, many schools in my area did a school-wide walkout as a protest of the Parkland shooting. In some school districts, anyone who walked out got suspended or detention. In my opinion, this is not fair because it was to raise awareness of an unfortunate epidemic going on. In my own high school district, we all wore red and sat in protest before classes in order to support our non-tenyard teachers. All of these protests are for good causes. Across the nation, many are protesting are expressing their voices for causes that matter. For school matters, the biggest protests going on involve school shootings. Teachers and principals should see the seriousness in the matter and join in on these protests instead of punishing students for spreading awareness. Limiting students’ voices only makes them want to speak out more. We as a nation should be standing together as one to make awareness of these serious matters.

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