In southern California, 18-year-old Joshua Denhalter is finishing his last week of school by suing his school district, which denied his request to hold a rally opposing illegal immigration and suspended him for handing out fliers about an off-campus rally. The LA Times reports:
When a school assembly in Mira Loma turned into a virtual rally supporting illegal immigrants, a frustrated Joshua Denhalter asked permission to hold his own demonstration.
The Jurupa Valley High School senior carefully typed up an agenda with speakers and topics to be covered and gave it to school officials. They denied his request, citing fears that a protest could lead to violence.
Annoyed yet undeterred, 18-year-old Denhalter tried to organize an off-campus rally in March but was suspended for three days for handing out fliers about it on school property. He was also told he couldn’t wear a T-shirt with anti-illegal immigrant slogan emblazoned on the front.
Denhalter, who is joining the Marine Corps and hopes for a career in law enforcement, filed suit asking for an apology and removal of the suspension from his record.
The school forum was organized by MEChA, a Latino student club that strongly supports the rights of illegal immigrants.
I think Denhalter may lose on the T-shirt slogan, which arguably was inflammatory, and win on the fliers, which surely come under free-speech protections.