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January 21, 2005

Reason #4,577 why I homeschool.

Twelve-year-old Raven Furbert wanted to honor her uncle, J.D. Barnes, who is serving in Iraq, so she made a red, white and blue beaded necklace and wore it to school. But the school officials at Mont Pleasant Middle School decided that red, white and blue are gang colors, and she was told she couldn't wear it.

First of all it would seem these school administrators need some remedial history, desperately. Are they not aware that red, white and blue happen to be the colors of our flag? (Ironically red, white and blue also happen to be the school's colors, so they are doubly clueless)

But Raven is not putting up with their nonsense. She and her family are filing a Federal lawsuit against the school.

Sources:
Zero-Tolerance Watch, Best of the Web
Zero tolerance for the red, white and blue, Zero Intellegence
Student suing school over patriotic necklace, My Short Pencil
Student suing school over patriotic necklace, MSNBC
Student suing school over patriotic necklace, WNYT - New York

Posted by Jack Lewis at January 21, 2005 03:48 PM

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The School District Code states: "Students will not wear any clothing deemed to be gang related, included but not limited to bandanas, colors or flags." My daughter has problems daily over this decision, now students are being told to roll up their sleeve's to make sure they are not being hidden. After being given back her necklace on 1/7 by the principal, on 1/14 they sent home letters banning beaded necklaces. But whats interesting is a teacher has a necklace with a beaded flower on it. I'm not sure of the colors, however shouldn't this be considered gang related also since they banned beaded necklaces.

Posted by: Raven's mom at January 24, 2005 09:10 AM

I certainly applaud your efforts to fight this. That's how problems get solved. People who take the extra steps to end stupidity like this are heroes in my book.

Posted by: Jack at January 24, 2005 09:36 AM

Where do we teach a child that expression ends and supression begins. Here we have school that makes an ambiguous policy, with no standards expressed, that decides arbitrarily when and against who to enforce a policy that not possibly have any negative impact upon those around this small child. School teaches that The First Amendment Freedom of Expression is valuable enough to stage a revolution from English supression, and yet punishes a young girl for the most innocent and pure expression of that cherished freedom which so many soldiers have given their lives to protect and foster.

Posted by: Spirit of 76 at January 25, 2005 09:02 AM

Well said, Spirit of 76.

Posted by: Jack at January 26, 2005 07:23 AM

This kind of nonsense is why one daughter is homeschooled and the other goes to private school.
If this is the garbage that schools are wasting their time and energy on, no wonder our school systems are turning out uneducated students!

Posted by: Kathryn Cameron at February 11, 2005 11:37 AM

Jack, You should have seen a great show last night. Raven was on Hannity & Colmes, Fox National. The school board and their lawyer was also on for comment. It was great. I am so proud of my daughter. To see a 12 yr. old even to be interested in what is going on in our country is amazing. How they are going to continue to fight this issue is beyond me. You should try find it on Hannity & Colmes. Thanks for your support.

Katie

Posted by: Raven's Mom at February 11, 2005 08:09 PM

I'll try to see if I can catch a repeat of it. Sounds like you've raise a great kid.

Posted by: Jack at February 12, 2005 11:04 AM

Jack,
She is going on Court TV with her attorney tomorrow night at 5pm. Catherine Cryer. Try and catch it.

Posted by: Raven's Mom at March 3, 2005 12:43 PM

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