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A federal court judge ruled last month that administrators at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California had the right to send home students whose clothing showed the American flag. Two students were sent home last May when they refused to change their shirts after being told that the American flag image might attract violence from the school's Mexican-American students on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday. The students sued the Morgan Hill Unified School District, claiming the directive violated their right to free expression. The judge threw out their suit, stating that school officials had the right to take action if they thought student safety was at stake.

In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a school anti-bullying law that threatens to silence religious and moral beliefs. "Matt's Law," named after an East Lansing teen who killed himself in 2002, requires Michigan school districts to adopt anti-bullying policies. After a firestorm of criticism by pro-gay and pro-Muslim lobbyists, the bill deleted a Republican-sponsored provision stating that school anti-bullying spolicies may not "prohibit a statement of sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil's parent or guardian."

Officials at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, California are refusing to back down from their decision to allow the nomination of a lesbian couple to homecoming court. San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Bob Kowba has called those who object to the nomination "adult bullies" who are demonstrating "a lack of tolerance and are presenting such a negative role model for children with their hateful comments."

A national study has found that nearly half of 7th to 12th graders experienced sexual harassment during the last school year. The American Association of University Women surveyed a nationally representative group of 1,965 students, asking whether they had experienced "unwelcome sexual behavior that takes place in person or electronically." 56 percent of girls and 40 percent of boys surveyed said they had been harassed.

December 2011 Education Reporter
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