High school students do not have a First Amendment right to freedom of speech, or at least that’s the message that many schools are sending out as they continue their efforts to silence conservative students. In the past, there have been reports of American students in an American public high school that were told to stop wearing t-shirts because Mexican students found them offensive. Another student, a female, wore a Romney-Ryan shirt to school and was told to take it off in front of the class. Then the female student was verbally abused by the teacher for her conservative political views. That girl was so distraught she did not return to the same school.
It seems that all it takes these days to silence a conservative is for a liberal to claim they are offended by what the conservative says. Note that if a conservative is offended by what a liberal says, that is perfectly acceptable and allowed.
Such is the case with the Richmond Early College High School in Hamlet, North Carolina. Hamlet is a southeastern suburb of Rockingham, North Carolina in the southern part of the state. It’s located only about 5-7 miles due north of the South Carolina border and has a population of around 6,500 people. It’s part of Richmond County which in the 2016 election, voted 77.3% for Donald Trump and only 20.6% for Hillary Clinton.
However, all it has taken is for one Hillary Clinton supporter to take offense to a pro-Trump quote by a senior that was printed in the yearbook, for the school to pull the yearbooks away from students.
According to EAGNews.org:
“Administrators at Richmond Early College High School distributed 22 pre-ordered yearbooks on Tuesday, only to take them back hours later over “controversial” Donald Trump inspired quotes.”
‘Shortly after school officials distributed the pre-ordered yearbooks, at least one person posted an image of senior quotes published in the yearbook they found offensive, including one ‘build that wall’ quote critics allege is racist, the Richmond County Daily Journal.”
“‘So Richmond county school system allowed this to be printed in their 2017 year book (sic),’ Artney Ellerbe posted online, along with a senior photo that’s accompanied by the Donald Trump quote. ‘I already knew this city was racist. Get a court date you’ll find out. This doesn’t surprise me at all’.”
After learning of the complaint by a liberal student, administrators went through the yearbooks and said they found several offensive quotes including the ‘build the wall’ quote. So far, they have not given any other examples of ‘offensive’ quotes.
Sadly, for the students of the school, they will not have a yearbook for this year in high school. Even if students have already paid the $30 and $39 prices, they will receive a refund, but not a year book. Yes, the yearbooks were printed, but students will not be able to obtain one because a liberal took offense to the pro-Trump quote.
The school district defended their actions on Facebook, writing:
“Earlier this week, it was discovered by school administration that Richmond Early College yearbooks had errors and inappropriate comments. The principal immediately collected the distributed yearbooks. We regret that this incident has occurred and are currently working with the yearbook’s publisher to make corrections.”
“As a district, we do not and will not tolerate inappropriate conduct toward any of our students. In each situation, our goal is to provide for the well-being of all of our students and prevent recurrences of inappropriate conduct.”
Parents are not taking the news well, especially since all of the quotes published in the yearbook had been approved by the school principal.
Charity Davis’s daughter is a freshman at the school and she defended the quote when she told the media:
“I feel that young lady only stood up for her freedom of speech by using the quote of her choice. Every senior was given the opportunity to choose a quote. It was her right as an American to choose any quote under the sun.”
“Those kids, especially the seniors, have a right to the annuals they already paid for. Seems to me the error occurred with the yearbook committee. Someone didn’t proofread. Whose fault is that?”
Angelia Hinson, another parent of a student agreed with Davis’s comment and saying that school officials have blown this all out of proportion, added:
“I’m sure she (the student) isn’t the first or last to repeat this now-famous quote. I do, however, have an issue with the fact my child … a senior, paid for her yearbook when they first went on sale … (and) has yet to be given her yearbook.”
College student Kayla Hicks criticized the student who complained, saying:
“If one doesn’t know how to handle something that differs from their opinion other than complain about it while putting others don at the same time, you shouldn’t be graduating high school or allowed to be in this world on your own. College is going to be a huge wake up call to some of this young adults graduating this year.”
Whining liberals seem to forget that America was founded on the rights of the majority, not the minority. There is nothing in the Constitution that says a small minority can override and trample on the rights of the majority.
The majority of students and parents who condemn the actions of the school for pulling the yearbook should go as a crowd to the school office and demand to get their yearbook or they will take the matter to court and sue the school for violating the First Amendment rights of students. It’s time conservatives stop cowering to the whining irrational and unconstitutional complaints of liberals!