Colts jersey wearer suspended in Louisiana

A Louisiana boy was sent home from Maurepas High School on Friday for wearing a Colts football jersey, reports The Advocate in Baton Rouge. Other students wore Saints jerseys for Black-and-Gold Day, celebrating the New Orleans Saints playing in Super Bowl XLIV.

In response, Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, sent a letter to (Principal Steven) Vampran on Friday afternoon warning that his actions violated Frost’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

“Schools may not discriminate based on the content of messages,” she wrote. If it’s OK to wear a Saints jersey to school, it’s OK to wear a Colts jersey.

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  1. If the principal let this kid wear his jersey, he would have shown the other students an example of (i) tolerance of dissenting opinions when respectfully expressed, (ii) a celebration of diversity and how America, and Louisiana, are made up of individuals from many different backgrounds, and are places that respect peoples’ expressions of their individualities (iii) good sportsmanship, and (iv) a sense of humor.

    By sending him home, the principal showed (i) he is an immature and narrow-minded person who is too weak to tolerate any dissent, no matter how trivial and respectful, and (ii) anything else?

  2. Michael E. Lopez says:

    I swear I don’t understand school anymore. I understood it when I was in it… but it doesn’t make any sense any more.

    I dressed up as HITLER for Halloween one year, complete with swastika armband. There were exactly two people who said something about the costume… one student and one teacher. Neither was particularly offended. They just wanted to know why.

    I got into a four-on-five gang brawl in second grade… it was the showdown on the playground. Lips were split and bruises distributed.

    I got benched for recess for two days.

    I have no memories of anyone doing something to bad that they got sent home. A few students got sent home for being sick, or having their first period… but that’s about the extent of it. Even the great Cheating Scandal of 1987 only resulted in a handful of in-school-suspensions.

    I’m not *that* old. It wasn’t that long ago.

    I don’t know what happened. Columbine can’t be blamed for all of this… new stuff. But I know one thing: I don’t understand school anymore.

  3. The standard isn’t the message content per se, but whether or not it will be disruptive in the classroom. I think that a good case could be made that in these circumstances (Super Bowl, location of school, etc.) that the school can defend its action as being legal.

    But I think it was a bit of an over-reaction.

  4. I’m certainly glad the ACLU has resources to spare for this sort of thing. That means there aren’t any greater threats to civil liberties.

    Dang, forgot the “sarcasm” tag.

  5. The people who were responsible for suspending this poor kid have no business working in our education system. They need to be fired instantly. I feel blessed I don’t live in this state with these freaks.

  6. Richard Nieporent says:

    It appears that Allen is the only one who understands that this is much ado about nothing. Get a life folks. This is about a sporting event, not the great political issues of our day. I suggest that the ACLU reserve their “outrage” for something that is important. ** As Allen said, if this is the worst offense against freedom of speech then we have little to worry about.

    **Of course, given what the ACLU thinks is important maybe I should be encouraging them to take on more of these types of cases. 🙂

  7. Margo/Mom says:

    “I suggest that the ACLU reserve their “outrage” for something that is important. ** As Allen said, if this is the worst offense against freedom of speech then we have little to worry about.”

    Um, the kid was suspended…for backing the wrong football team. That means that for the period of his suspension he was denied access to an education.

    I don’t know. Sounds pretty serious to me.

  8. Richard Nieporent says:

    Um, the kid was suspended…for backing the wrong football team. That means that for the period of his suspension he was denied access to an education.

    There seems to be some disagreement about that.

    But a Livingston Parish School Board member said Frost wasn’t sent home but was told he couldn’t wear the blue-and-white jersey at school. Keith Martin, whose district includes Maurepas, said the school uniform requirements had been relaxed only for black and gold.

    As you well know, I’m the last person on earth that would defend the stupidity of the school system such as when they exercise their zero tolerance policies. However, this is not something that we need to make a federal case over.

  9. And that, my dear, is an example of why I will NEVER live in the south again. Intolerance abounds.

  10. If you think people are more tolerant other places you’re high off your ass. If you want to see intolerant come visit the Boston Public Schools. In ’04 my sons teacher called my wife at home because my son spoke up during one of their pre election indoctrination sessions because another student said bush was going to cut down all the trees in the country. Then 2 years ago he got marked as needs improvement in appreciating diversity or some such nonsense because he doesn’t like Chinese food. This year my daughter got reprimanded for listing her nationality as American. I could go on and on and I mean on and on and on but it is what it is.