Arizona high school students' racism even offends Arizona

Six Arizona HS students at Desert Vista High School decided to re-arrange the letters of a slogan spelled out on t-shirts to offend their fellow classmates, teachers, administrators, local congress person, and pretty much everyone else who sees the story.

Seems they got a single day suspension.

AZCentral shares the story:

A photo shows six smiling girls standing with their arms around each other, wearing black shirts with letters written on them in gold tape that, even with asterisks in the middle, unmistakably spell out the n-word.

The photo has a small circle in the corner, indicating it was originally posted to Snapchat, where photos disappear after 24 hours.

A different photo on Instagram shows 36 girls lined up wearing the same style of shirts that read "BEST*YOU'VE*EVER*SEEN*CLASS*OF*2016."

The photos went viral on Twitter and Facebook by Friday afternoon, where many people, including parents of Desert Vista students, called the photo racist and asked for the students to be suspended or expelled.

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  1. A Jewish kid in a school of not many Jewish kids might still risk trauma from a surprise swastika at school. It's not silly if your extended family died in pogroms or camps. School should feel like a safe place for everyone.

    And there are additional and supplemental choices available to the school besides punish or don't punish.

  2. miasm says:

    Jesus could pop out of the clouds for a quick appearance to let us know that bong hits intimidate him?

    Although wouldn't all that cloudiness predispose us to thinking that he might not be that intimidated?

    And lo, the right hand of Jesus emerged from on high and he said:

    'Pass the duchy pon the left hand side, my son'.

  3. Public schools must provide a safe place for all students. Legally. I can likely find case law in a few minutes that asserts harassing and derogatory language makes an environment unsafe.

    Thus, using a (figurative) stick to whack hate speech in a public school space is virtually mandated.

  4. Dude,1983 Bethel School District v. Fraser.

    The undoubted freedom to advocate unpopular and controversial views in schools and classrooms must be balanced against the society’s countervailing interest in teaching students the boundaries of socially appropriate behavior. Even the most heated political discourse in a democratic society requires consideration for the personal sensibilities of the other participants and audiences

    That quote is from the majority opinion. You have a right to disagree with it; you have a right to try and change it legislatively; but don't pretend it doesn't exist, it makes the argument facetious.

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