To protest mandatory school uniforms, a fifth grader and a seventh grader in New Jersey began wearing ‘Hitler Youth’ buttons with a slash and the words “no school uniforms.” Their parents have sued the district to block their threatened suspension. One of the mothers, Laura DePinto, issued a statement:
“I’ve gotten overwhelming support from MANY people that tell me that they absolutely agree with what the image depicted, an ominously homogenous group of blindly cooperative children,” the statement said.
“That image showed no swastikas, no weapons, and Hitler himself wasn’t depicted,” she wrote. “The picture makes a profound statement about what can happen when we turn children into ‘uniform’ followers.”
My view: Yes, they have a free-speech right to protest the uniform policy. And, yes, the argument that wearing a school uniform turns students into mindless drones is stupid.