No Groucho on campus

Theatre students at a Los Angeles-area high school put up posters of President Bush with a Groucho mustache and cigar to advertise a satirical play on American history. One student complained.

Principal Kenny Lee ordered 100 posters removed from the campus of El Camino Real High School in the Woodland Hills area last week on grounds that they promoted smoking and “endorsing one ideology over another.”

The principal did approve new posters.

The new designs all feature a silhouette of Bush and a burning cigar, along with inscriptions such as “Free Expression for All (unless you are in high school)” and “What First Amendment?”

The new design apparently doesn’t promote smoking.

Let’s hope the play doesn’t offend a single student, teacher or parent, because we all know that one person’s emotions trump the free speech rights of everyone else.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Is speech free when the facilities are paid for with money forcibly taken from others, and in a facility where attendence is mandated?
    Imagine what would have happened if a poster of a Koran in urine had been posted. Or a poster from Birth of a Nation or Belle Starr. Free speech my ass! Build your own school.

  2. Reginleif says:

    Maybe the student who complained objected to MARX-ism on campus.

    / rimshot