Adults love to remind kids they have no rights, even while they are teaching them about all the rights granted by the U.S. Constitution. Administrators with Tulsa Public Schools seem to have taken the creed one step further by celebrating students' constitutional void.
Dozens of students at Tulsa's Rogers High School tried to exert their right when they formed a protest outside the grounds of the high school. The students were voicing their displeasure with a new Tulsa high school policy that prohibits wearing untucked shirts. (Good thing Chicken-Fried News' bosses haven't imposed such a rule, or the company might have to budget for belts and suspenders.)
According to a story in the Tulsa World, the students gathered across the street from the high school for nearly five hours, saying things like "no tuck!" and "the tuck sucks!" Police recommended locking the school down during the protest. They must have been concerned about lead contaminants from the markers used to make the signs
School district spokeswoman Tami Marler explained to the Tulsa World the guiding philosophy behind the suspension and the reason for the tuck rule: "While the district celebrates their (the students') inalienable right to assemble and express their opinions, our chief responsibility is to educate children in a secure environment."
Celebrates? So, the district has decided the best way to "celebrate" students' right to protest is with a suspension. Interesting choice of words there from Marler.
Marler went on to explain one of the reasons for the tuck rule is to help with school security. We at CFN had no idea a hanging shirttail was as dangerous as a gun. Must be all those kids getting their shirttails caught in the door.