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Do students have the right to protest at school?

October 1, 2014

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

Students in Jefferson County Colo., have had enough. So have many of their teachers. And their grievance might surprise you because it’s not about sports funding, safety, or the quality of the food; it’s what’s being taught in class, history class to be precise.

Last month, hundreds of students from at least five high schools in Jefferson County, the second largest school district in the state, staged walkouts over several days. The school board has largely dismissed the protests while many teachers and parents have come out in support of the students, arguing that they are getting a hands-on lesson in civics.

It all started when the school board decided to review the new A.P. U.S. History course. School board member Julie Williams proposed changing the college-level history instruction to "promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights.”

Materials should not “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law,” Williams’ proposal said. “Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage. Content pertaining to political and social movements in U.S. history should present balanced and factual treatments of the positions.” The school board plans to create an advisory board that would oversee the instruction of U.S. history.

Many teachers, parents and students were reluctant to accept the changes to the high school history instruction, saying that the newly elected members of the school board were trying to implement a whitewashed view of history.

The school board says it is balancing the curriculum because the course has a heavy focus on the negative aspects of U.S. history, with a significant amount of instruction devoted to the issues of slavery and the treatment of Native Americans.

The proposed Jefferson County curriculum would instead focus on the positive aspects of American history. The A.P. curriculum “has an emphasis on race, gender, class, ethnicity, grievance and American-bashing while simultaneously omitting the most basic structural and philosophical elements considered essential to the understanding of American history for generations," Williams said in a statement.

Students, parents and teachers say that the school board is revising history and that the A.P. U.S. History curriculum, which can be used as college credit, is being pushed aside to promote a politically motivated curriculum.

Stephanie Rossi, an A.P. history teacher at Wheat Ridge High School, finds the notion that she would teach something unpatriotic insulting. “No one has visited any of our classrooms to find out what we are doing,” she said to the Denver Post. “Come into the classroom. Have a conversation with us.”

Students from several of the high schools spread the word of a protest using Facebook, and over a thousand students walked out of school to protest the change in curriculum. “People think because we are teenagers, we don’t know things, but we are going home and looking things up,” said Savanna Barron, a senior at Lakewood High School. “If they don't teach us civil disobedience, we will teach ourselves.”

Superintendent Dan McMinimee has offered to meet with students to discuss their grievance. “I respect the right of our students to express their opinions in a peaceful manner,” he told the Denver Post. “I do, however, prefer that our students stay in class.”

Some parents have said they’ve called in to excuse students from classes to prevent them from being punished. “I'm really proud of the kids for standing up for what's right,” Kim Foley, whose son is a senior at Columbine, told the Post. “They're really well-informed on the issues.”

The protests raise questions as to whether students should be allowed to protest at school. Students could argue that they are invoking their First Amendment right to petition the government for grievances and their free speech right to express their opinion. The landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District determined that students do have free speech rights in school as long as it doesn’t disrupt the school environment. Another Supreme Court case, Morse v. Frederick, said free speech couldn’t contradict the educational mission of the school.

What do you think?

Do the students have a right to protest? Should students have a say in what is being taught? Do you think a walkout is an effective way to express their opinion? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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9/24/2018
Sidney, MT
Ryan
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think students are/should be lowed to protest at school. As long as no harm is done or a riot starts it just a peaceful protest trying to state there ideas. Its one of the few ways we can give people our way of thinking about things or opinions. But i don't think students should have a right to what is being taught just because our school programs right now are teaching the basic core classes if you want different classes or for you to chose your own classes that's what college is for.

6/4/2018
Murrieta/CA
Megan
Jabro/MCA
I do believe that students have the right to protest at school. It is one of only few ways that we are able voice our opinions. If school protests are large enough, they are highly effective because our absences cause a loss in revenue for the district. That is the quickest way to get adults to pay attention to what we're saying.

5/22/2018
murrieta,ca
leslie
jabro/mca
yes i feel students have the right to protest. we need to have a say in what we are learning, as long as its a peaceful protest, and if the situation theyre in is needed and necessary.

5/11/2018
Murrieta/California
Jonathan Baker
Jabro/MCA
I believe so because America is a Democracy and we have freedom of speech so I think if they don't physically hurt anyone it's within their right as an American to be able to protest.

12/21/2017
murrieta, ca
Justin R.
Jabro/MCA
In my opinion i believe students should be allowed to protest at school. Only if its something needed or is something necessary.

12/13/2017
Murrieta,Ca
Monique
Jabro/MCA
I think that students should have the right to protest. If we are going to learn in school, we should have the right to have a say in what we learn in school

12/6/2017
murrieta ca
kendall
mca jabro
yes students should be able to protest at school if its peaceful and if its about the school, i think if it doesnt have to do with the school directly it should be done elsewhere

12/1/2017
mca
sophie
jabro
People come to school to learn and be educated, and I think that protesting is a pretty outward thing to do at a school, unless it's specifically about schooling.

11/27/2017
murrieta
Parker Belle
MCA Jabro
Yes students have a right to protest however the staff at schools never seem to care so what would be the point. I think enough students have protested about the way schools cultures are run but the schools refuse to listen to the students.

11/17/2017
Murrieta, CA
Allyssa
MCA/Jabro
As a student, I believe that other students have the right to protest whatever they'd like. If we are made to go to school, then we should have some kind of say as to what we learn. I think that walkouts and protests are a good way to speak up to the schools and get peoples attention to try to change the way things are in school.

10/4/2017
Erie, Colorado
Jodie
Erie High School
I am a student at my high school and me and several other people agree that they could be teaching us much more valuable things in school. Am I able to legally start a petition and write to the school board? Also, what should be my next step? Thank you!

5/3/2017
Murrieta
Chandler
Jabro/MCA
I feel that if we as students are going to be forced into attending high school we have every right to say what we want to learn. I've always found it ridiculous that we are forced to take certain classes anyway, so I believe students have the right to protest in school if they feel strongly about something. However, I don't know for a fact that a "walk-out" is one hundred percent effective. Yet, if a group of students feel it is then they should have the right too protest as long as it is a peaceful protest and they do not damage any property or hurt anyone.

4/26/2017
murrieta ca
brianna avila
jabro mca
I think yes, students should have the right to protest at school they should be allowed to speak out what they want and how they feel. but as long as its not violent then it should be allowed.

4/24/2017
murrieta ca
zoe maldonado
mr jabro MCA
Yes, kids have the right to protest in school. Students should not be forced to be loyal, it is there choice not the schools. Yes students should have a say in what they are taught, the students are trying to learn. Yes, a walkout will show that they don't like whats being taught and they won't stand it.

4/12/2016
PA
Tray
Blairsville
I feel students should be allowed to priest in school because, students have a freedom of speech and can believe in what they want. Also it's America and its always freedom

3/17/2016
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
Brianna H
Mr Hanna/ SJHS
I think that students should be able to protest at school because it's their right to have a say in what they believe. School should be a place they go to and be comfortable in the environment and should fit their needs. A group of students should be able to protest in an organized and nonviolent way to get what they truly believe in. The students are the ones being taught so they should have some in say in it and walkouts are a good way to express what they believe in.

3/17/2016
Stroudsburg
Sara D.
Me.Hanna
I do think students should have the right to protest. They should have the freedom to say whatever they would like to as long as it doesn't cause a disruption to others. Students should have a say in what they are being taught. If the students don't like what they are being taught, and if there is sometihng wrong with it, they should be able to speak what they feel. I do think it would have an effect of a student walks out. I don't think students should be able to walk out, but it will make an effect.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Teshi J
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe anyone has the right to protest, even students. I mean, what is one good reason us as student shouldn't be able to stand for what we want! If a group of students have a problem with what's being taught, then there definitely is something wrong with what's being taught and it's not just the student it's also the teachers! Any form of protest is always a good way to get what they want.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Nasir
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that students should have the right to protest at school. Also they should have a say in what is being taught. They should have a say I what's being taught because maybe they can do better in school by learning the way they want to learn. Also there can be a certain way they learn faster. However a walkout is not an effective way to express their opinion.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, P. A.
Sara
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Students should be able to express their own opinion if people are willing to help. A walkout would not be right right way. Your principles are probably willing to listen with what you have to say and take your ideas into consideration.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Jahnel D
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg JHS
Yes I think students should protest if they think something is not right or they don't like something that is worth changing. No because they are going to be taking out the things that we need the most because they think it's boring or they don't like it.

3/16/2016
stroudsburg PA
Havanah
Mr.hanna/stroudsburg
I think that every student should be able to say what they want to say what they feel. I don't think they should get to the point where the cops need to be involved .

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Jahnel D
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg JHS
Yes I think students should protest if they think something is not right or they don't like something that is worth changing. No because they are going to be taking out the things that we need the most because they think it's boring or they don't like it.

3/16/2016
stroudsburg PA
Havanah
Mr.hanna/stroudsburg
I think that every student should be able to say what they want to say what they feel. I don't think they should get to the point where the cops need to be involved .

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Selena
Stroudsburg/ JHS
Students should be allowed to protest at school because school is supposed to be designed to fit their needs. If they want something to change they should be allowed to protest in a calm and nonviolent manner. If a large number of students are protesting then something is wrong on the schools part. The students have a right to stand up for what they believe in.

3/16/2016
stroudsburg PA
Havanah
Mr.hanna/stroudsburg
I think that every student should be able to say what they want to say what they feel. I don't think they should get to the point where the cops need to be involved .

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Russell
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Students really shouldn't have the right to protest at school. I thinks students should always speak freely but in a respectful manner. If parents and children don't like how the school is run, then go to another school. It is highly disrespectful to protest in a school when you can always go to a different school. Last time I checked students and parents don't control a school.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Dj
Mr.Hanna/ Sjhs
I think that students should be able to protest against a school because if they don't think somethings right they should be able to stand up for what they believe in also if students aren't aloud to what happened to freedom of speech students like me should be able to speed our minds

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Natalia
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think every student should have a right to say what they think. If students feel that teachers should change a program of studies first they should talk to guidance counselor or to a teacher. Because every student has their opinion about tgings.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Andrew
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that students should have a right to protest against whatever they deem worthy of protesting against as long as students do this without violence. Also I think students should have a say in what is being taught, after all we are the ones learning. I do think that a walk out is a good way to express their opinions.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Ahmed
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg
I think students should have rights to protest at school because everyone have their own reasons like bulling etc. they protest for what they believe in. They will protest because they probably have a reason to do it.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Caroline
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Yes and no. I believe students should go for what they believe in. However, I think that some protests go way out of hand. The teachers and principle control the school, not the students. But students do have the right to speak freely. I believe students have the right to protest at school as long as it doesn't cause chaos.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Selena
Stroudsburg/ JHS
Students should be allowed to protest at school because school is supposed to be designed to fit their needs. If they want something to change they should be allowed to protest in a calm and nonviolent manner. If a large number of students are protesting then something is wrong on the schools part. The students have a right to stand up for what they believe in.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Hannah
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg
I believe that students ahould be allowed to protest whenever they want And there shouldn't be a limit to what they say because they have the right speech. Students hould alsp have a say in what is being taught because if everyone knows its not going to help them in life them theres no point in learning it.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Anthony K
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I personally think that students and teachers alike have the right to protest. Students have their own opinions and should be able to use PEACEFUL protest to voice these rights. Protesting is definetly a valid option for students.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
Gabriella L
Mr.Hanna/JHS
I feel that student should be aloud to protest at school to an extent where they're not just doing it to start problems and protest. Students should protest for what they believe in. Every student has their own opinion and protesting at school for a valid reason is good in some ways.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Hannah R.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that students have the right to protest to an extent. Over small issues like banning phones or not allowing students to do certain things it would be alright. However, if students protest against lessons and classes, it has gone too far. They should be grateful to have the opportunity to learn. If they do want to protest, put up signs around the building or try to sway some teachers into your side. A walkout is unnecessary and slightly childish. Especially if it is for an issue at school.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Madison
Mr Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Students should be able to protest in school. As long as they are aware of their own safety and aren't violating any rules. School is a place where students interact with eachother. That would be a perfect place to protest because every student had their own opinion. There are many benefits of protesting at school.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Isabelle .S.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that students should be allowed to protest. If a student wants to protest against something that the school is doing they should be allowed to as long as they are not hurting others or ruining the property of the school. It's also part of freedom of speech if they want to speak up let them.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Lauryn
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I I think that students should be able to protest. If it is for the right of them and they will not get hurt or get in a lot of trouble they should be able to go for it. I feel that is will be if more then 10 people are doing it because my would really show people wow this is what they want and people will finally see.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Wayne
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Yes students should have the right to protest in school.Students should also have a say in what they are taught because some students want to learn new things instead of the old boring things they learned already. If some students don't wanna learn that's on there life but if some kids wanna learn then they should have a good education. Schools should teach student on what they wanna learn that's appropriate for school.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Madison
Mr Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Students should be able to protest in school. As long as they are aware of their own safety and aren't violating any rules. School is a place where students interact with eachother. That would be a perfect place to protest because every student had their own opinion. There are many benefits of protesting at school.

2/22/2016
Murrieta/Ca
Kayla
Jabro/Creekside
I believe that students should have the right to protest on whatever they see fit without punishment as long as they do not compromise the safety of themselves or the people around them. Just like in a protest that occurs with adults.

12/16/2015
murrieta/California
Khedar Chuck Jones
Jabro/Creekside
Yes i do think that the students have the right to protest. And The first amendment is a good argument. Students should also have the right to get at least some say what they are being taught. Now they can't go overboard and not teach anything but they should teach things that the students feel that they will need more than things they don't. We don't want students dropping out of school because of how we feel.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
UriahP.4
Wong/Lorbeer
Valerie Lorbeer/Diamond Bar 12/9/15 In Valerie's comment she states that students should be able to protest at school, because those students all have a right to the first amendment. I agree with Valerie because, she states so much great facts, and talks about how students can even protest to what they're being taught. Also she wrote that if you stand up and say something than that proves you have a strong belief, instead of just going along without standing up for yourself. In her comment she stated that many people wont listen to what all the others have to say or do not try to do anything about it, and if keep going and you'll get your group of protesters.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
UriahP.4
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that students have the right to protest at school because, if we don't agree with the way something is we should always be able to say some thing. The reason why I believe this is, because all our lives our parents and teachers have said let your voice be heard and one day you can make a difference. After all the first amendment states that people have the right to freedom of speech and the right to peaceably to assemble, and no where in the first amendment does it say you have to be a certain age to have a right to freedom of speech. Therefore students do have the right to protest in school, after all, it's their education. Why should we not have the right to stand up for ourselves, we want to make a change and make it more simple. After all, even though we may children and teenagers, we still are citizens and should have the chance to speak out.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
AndrewP4
Wong/Lorbeer
Students do in fact have the right to protest at school. As stated in the First Amendment, "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech... or the right of the people peaceably to assemble...". Protesting allows for students to make a statement about what they believe in ranging from food to rules to education. As long as violence is absent from gathering, and the right to freedom of speech is not abused, there should be no problem. A walkout is a fine way to express opinions because it includes a lot of people both watching and participating. To conclude, students have the right to protest at school because there are many benefits of this.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
LongP1
Wong/Lorbeer
Indeed I do think that students have the right to protest at school as students should have a say in what they are being taught. Students should be allowed to protest as people have the right to freedom of speech. A walkout is a great for the students to show how they feel about their education.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
VivianP5
Wong/Lorbeer
Yes, I believe that students have the right to protest at school. Students should be able to express their opinions in a safe, unharmful way. This is because the education they are receiving is beneficial amongst themselves, so there is nothing wrong with having a say in what is being taught. A walkout is an effective way to express their opinion because they are protesting for themselves and their education. Another effective protest is possibly signing a petition for something.

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
AndreaP1
Wong/Lorbeer
Students have the right to protest at school because it's their education that is being affected by the situation. Students should definitely have a say in what is being taught because it's their grades that would suffer if teachers aren't allowing them to learn at the right pace. I think a walkout is a very effective way for students to express their opinion because it has grabbed the principal's attention along with others'. Even parents and teachers are joining the students in their protest which shows that they are supporting them because the students have the right to learn at a pace they are comfortable with. Not only are the students' grades going to suffer, the school's reputation will too because it is being represented by its students. As long as no harm is being done, I strongly believe that students have the right to protest and should have a say in what they are being taught.

12/9/2015
Diamond Bar/California
ValerieP5
Wong/Lorbeer
I do believe students should be able to protest at school. The First Amendment protects this action, as it states," Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech... the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This gives the right to students to protest as long as they do not cause harm. I also do think that students should have a say in what is being taught. If we learn, it might as well be positive things and not what they taught in Jefferson County; I don't believe the kids were being unreasonable. Walkouts are a very effective way to express their opinion. Many people don't listen to what others have to say or do not try to do anything about it. A walkout proves that you have a strong belief on how things should work and not just a suggestion that they can take into "consideration".

12/8/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
JaelinP1
Wong/Lorbeer
Yes, I think students have the right to protest. As long as they do not harm anyone or anything, the students have the right to protest. I also think students should have a say in what is being taught. They are not being unreasonable, it is their education. Especially if teachers and parents are backing up the students. A walkout is an effective way to express an opinion in this case because the students are protesting for their education by walking out of their class.

12/4/2015
Murrieta/California
Khedar Chuck Jones
Jabro/CreekSide High School
Yes, kids have the right to protest in school. Students should not be forced to be loyal, it is there choice not the schools. Yes students should have a say in what they are taught, the students are trying to learn. Yes, a walkout will show that they don't like whats being taught and they won't stand it.

12/4/2015
Watertown MA
Michaela
Rimas/Watertown high
I think students do have the right to protest at their own school. They should have the right to speak their opinions

12/4/2015
Watertown/MA
Hannah
Mr. Rimas/Watertown
I think that students do have the right to protest at school. As citizens, we have the right to stand up for what we believe in no matter how old we are. If students can conduct themselves in a mature manner and present their ideas peacefully, yes they should be able to protest at school.

12/4/2015
Watertown MA
Ally
Mr.Rimas Watertown
I think that students should be able to protest peacefully in a school setting. I think that students that protest during the school day and disrupt a class should be penalized. Students have a right to protest. If students peacefully protest something inappropriate I think that they should be penalized.

11/25/2015
Diamond Bar,CA
JustinP.1
Wong/Lorbeer
I think that students should be able to freely protest at their school. It gives kids experience for when they grow up and the First Amendment protects their free speech. When they protest, its often for the good of the community because many kids are protesting the same idea, such as better equipment or better education. I believe that kids should be allowed to protest at school because they would only protest with the support of parents and teachers to aid them in protesting.

11/19/2015
Diamond Bar/ CA
ClaireP4
Wong/Lorbeer
The first amendment protects peoples' right to free speech, people meaning everyone, including students. If students hold a protest that does not in any way compromise the safety of the students or the school, then the students have a protected right to protest. I believe students should have a say in what they are being taught because if they are old enough to construct a peaceful protest then they should be able to decide whether or not they should have a fair and accurate education. I think a walkout is an effective way to express the students' opinion because it show that they would rather have no education at all then an education that is not to their liking.

11/16/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
MarinaP5
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that students do have the right to protest at school. Protesting is protected by the First Amendment. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” The students have the right to freedom of speech. Since the students are protesting peacefully, they are not causing any harm. I think it’s good for students to express themselves freely, for it will help them in future situations. Also, this is the student’s education, so they should be able to learn what they want. Therefore, students do have the right to protest at school.

11/4/2015
Murrieta, CA
Maria
Jabro/ Creekside High School
I think students do have the right to protest if they believe that what they are being taught is not right or offensive. Students are already obligated to go to school by law and now they have to sit in a classroom listening to someones opinion on the matter of things rather than the facts is not right. Most people see students as kids who don't know anything and don't know what they are doing, so they try to brainwash them into think one certain way and that way only. As to say i strongly believe students should have a voice in what they are being taught and if it has to come to protesting it, so be it.

10/15/2015
Murrieta, CA
Joshua Alvarado
Senior Jabro/ Creekside high
Yes, i do believe that student have a right to protest. If something is unfair and students agree with the issue. Then we should have a right for a protest. This article is a great example.

9/18/2015
Gila Bend, AZ
Lorenzio
GBUSD
i believe students have the right to protest on whatever may affect their future. If they find the school curriculum truly not useful to their future careers, or if some new law and the like was being passed which would also affect their lives, then they do have the right to protest. Protesting insignificant things like dress codes or the like would be idiotic. Save their protesting for what actually is going to matter in a few years is what I say. That said, I bet my left nut that only half the students who protest actually care what they are protesting about.

9/18/2015
Beeville, Tx
Jason
Mrs. Thornton
I believe students have the right to protest as long as it is appropriate things, such as protesting about school lunch, or certain dress codes. These are reasonable subjects I think so let them protest.

9/2/2015
Sidney,MT
Cade Strasheim
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
Yes i think the students have the right to protest at school but only certain things and this is not one of those things. I don't think students the right to protest this because they are students. they are the ones learning. They don't know everything being taught so why should they switch the curriculum. The curriculum that has been approved and accepted by the school is what the school thinks is the most important thing to learn in that subject. A schools job is to teach you knew things so the school should know what is best to know.

9/2/2015
Sidney, montana
Micala morehouse
Me. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I believe students should have the right to protest on what is being taught at their school. If it is unfair, students should have a voice on their concerns. If they do it without harm being done then I feel like they are just trying to be heard.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Gabriel
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think students should have a right to protest in school if and only if it is absolutely nesscessary. It is totally understandable to protest about a certain event being cancelled or if a teachers assignment is very unfair with questions or any other situation like that. However, I do think that some topics that students might choose to protest could be a complete waste of time if it has nothing to do with the school or if it was completely on accident. If during a pep rally, for instance, a student gets hurt because of an activity the school is durning the pep rally, students should not use that opportunity to riot and protest about safety concerns. They must use a protest at the right time for a right scenario.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Javier
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg Junior High School
Students should be allowed to protest because they just should you get into so much trouble for the smallest things and should be about to have more rights.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg
Mickenna
Mr.Hanna/sjhs
At certain stances students have the right to protest at school. If they protest about the food at school like they want more cookies they can put signs around the school and go to consult the principle about what they want. If anything bigger than what I just stated would be unreasonable and in my opinion ridiculous. For example if a group of people ended up bringing picket signs or yelling at the lunch people.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Jeremy
Mr.Hanna SJHS
I deeply believe that student's should be able to protest at school. I say this because people have freedom of speech and the amendment protects us from doing this. Everyone has their own opinion and should be able to fight back if they disagree with something.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg PA
amy conboy
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg PA
I do think that students should have the right to protest in school. I think that they should be able to protest at school only if it is not hurting anyone physically. I think that walkouts would be efficient in school because then teachers would know that the kids are serious about what they are protesting about.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Sarinthia
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that students should have the right to protest because students have a voice too. Students should be able to protest against things at school, without getting sent home or after school. Students should be able to protest because with them then teachers wouldn't even be called teachers because who will they teach with out students

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg PA
Josh
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Students have the right to protest if the thing they are protesting about is reasonable. They shouldn't protest about what's allowed in school. They can though protest if they don't like what's being taught. The most effective way would be if they either picketed or do walkouts.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Benny
Me. Hanna/Stroudsburg Jhs
Yes students should have the right to protest at school. I believe this because if you believe strongly of something then you can show your feelings on it. Protesting at school is just like protesting anywhere else, you're aloud to protest in public, and school is public, so therefor you should be aloud to protest during school.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Derek
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Yes, I believe that students should be allowed to protest at school. Students are required to go to school by law but if the curriculum seems to be biased or if the teachers are teaching in a biased manner, students should then be allowed to protest since they are the ones learning. Everything is chosen for us, the students don't have much of a say in their schools. Our teachers, classes (aside from electives), and lunches are all chosen for us. Having the right to protest is a form of freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg
Jonathan
Mr. Hanna / Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that students should be able to protest at school. I think this because they have a right to the school as much as the teachers. Also the majority of the school is students and they need to provide for what they need or want. I think school would be a lot different if the students could protest.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Brianne
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that students have the right to protest. Protesting is a way of expressing how you feel about something. Peaceful protesting is good way of standing up for what you believe in and not being violent in any way. It shows that you are serious and responsible for your actions. I think students should definitely have a say in what they are being taught. Students have to go to school and learn about what the states want them to learn. Most students don't want to sit in a classroom for 45 minutes and learn something that they're not interested in. To make it more entertaining, students should have a say in what is being taught because they'll be more intrigued. I think a walkout is an effective way to express their opinions because it showed that they had courage and were confident in what they were doing.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Sherwin
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Yes, students do have the right to protest at school. I say this because students want a change in the school and the school's board might not want that change to be done. Si in order for that change to be done, students must protest and fight for what they want to happen. For example, if the board says that students may not wear jeans or sweatpants to school, students would come together and protest by wearing jeans and sweatpants and showing the board that jeans and sweatpants are no different than regular school approved pants.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Kinley
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think students should have the right to protest if they really feel strongly about a certain subject. I also think that students should have a say in what they are taught because sometimes school is not amusing when you are taught something you have no interest in. School should be about what you want to learn, not what others make you learn. I do not think a walkout is an effective way to express their opinion because you aren't gaining anything by doing that.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Valeria
Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I truly believe that students have the right to protest about anything they feel really strong about. It also doesnt need to be an aggressive way of protesting, as long as the students dont use violence they should be aloud to protest. I dont think the students have a say in what is being taught, but i think this school district went to an extent on what they thought students couldnt change. When the teachers and parents started agreeing with students, thats when the students can hace a say. This school district only wants to teach the good things, what are they teaching the kids? that there is no bad in our world? we need to know about every war and every soldier that died for us or how discrimination came to an end. We need to know this so we know how this "beautiful" country came to be. I believe a walkout is an effective way to express their opinion, but there are other more effective ways.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Amyah
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think students should be able to protest at their schools. Students have opinions and I think they should be able to say what they want to say about anything they want. It could be about anything they don't really like but it has to be about something that they can actually change, like for example, cafeteria food or uniforms.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg/ PA
Kelsee Schouppe
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
believe students should have the right to protest, to an extent. Students should be aloud to protest at their school as long as the students don't go on a rampage and there's no violence. Students should have the right to say what they want to be taught because teachers work for the students, without the students the teachers would have no jobs. I believe that the walk out that occurred in Jefferson County was a very effective way to express their opinion, it showed that they're not afraid to stand up for what they believe in.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg/ PA
Annika
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that students should be able to protest as long as they are doing it peacefully and it doesn't effect other's education. If the school would just open up their ears, then maybe there would be no need for a protest anyway.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Steven
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think students do have the right to protest but it should only go to a certain point. I think students shouldn't be able to have a say in what they learn in the future were gonna need to take a test that has everything we've learned through the years. I do not think a walkout is an effective way to express an opinion since the teachers want to teach kids who want to learn they wouldn't care for the kids who don't want to learn.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg,PA
Karen
Mr.Hanna
I believe students do have the right to protest. There is only 1 pricipal and about 200 student or more per grade, if students protest most likely they will get want they want because there are many students. Students are the ones learning so they should have the right to protest what they want. If many students protest together most likely they will get want they want.

6/3/2015
Stroudsburg, PA
Hana
Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that students have the right to protest. By law, students are required to attend school. If the students believe they are being taught something biased, then of course students can protest against it. Students should not be taught an opinion, but facts. The students have the ultimate right to have a say in what is being taught. It is their education. I think that a walkout is an effective way to express their opinions, but I also think there are better ways. For example, students could address the principal or superintendent about the issue. Student officials could arrange an assembly to take a poll on what other students believe. It is the students' education, so they have the right to protest against what they are being taught.

5/27/2015
Maryland
Avah
Parkville Middle School
my school is protesting things that we don't believe in. we all sent letters to our principal and she is actually happy that we are protesting for something.

5/21/2015
murrieta / ca
omaree
mr.jabro / creekside high school
yes i believe teachers should actually encourage it because all through school teachers are trying to get students to understand their rights and how they can use them and how they protect you and by students protesting is not only showing students come together and stand for something they all believe in

5/8/2015
Hoover Al
Diamond white
Mr Parker / Spain park
Should students have the right to protest at school? I believe that students have the right to protest because it is a form of freedom of speech. They have the right to say what is on their mind. The students would not be protesting if the school districts or university would be willing to listen to what they have to say. Protests and the protesters around the world could be limited if the school district would listen to and make the changes needed so that the students would not have to make a riot to get their point across. I feel like every student should have the right to protest if it is for the right cause and for their education and to make their education worth getting.

3/3/2015
Murrieta CA
Angel Arreola
Jabro Creekside
I believe that student have the full right to protest at school. As the first amendment of the united states constitution protects us as we have the right to freedom of speech, and the right to petition. Students nowadays are not just full of school information thats being taught. HONESTLY, students probably dont even remember what is taught, but when there is invalid information thhat students do know about its bound to cause problems, and raise questions like " why are we not learning what REALLY happened" instead of a summarized lie of the history of the United States.

2/11/2015
murrieta CA
Steven G
Jabro/Creekside
I think high school students should be able to protest during school hours to some extent but only because every high school has students who are legally adults. I think any adults on campus should be able to protest whenever they would like. I would limit the extent of student power to have the right to protest during school hours, because teachers in the united states are usually reknown for having the best interest of their students. I think if the teachers alone in jefferson county couldnt reform a bunk educational program, then their would not be many other options for the students but to do what they did. If the teachers fail to act for a students rights to education i think the students should in fact protest and i also think it would be too risky to let minors have enough power to protest during school hours as many of them are young and irrational still.

2/5/2015
Murrieta, CA
Richard
Mr. Jabro
I believe students reserve the right to protest certain programs in school. Since students are already attending school against their will, we should have a certain say of what goes in our curriculum. Public school feels much more like a dictatorship then a democracy. Everything is chosen for us. Our teachers, our classes aside from extracurriculars, our lunches, etc. No student is exactly the same however schools treat us the same. They all assume we are of the same intellectual ability and are condemned if we do not grasp certain concepts like other students. Students should be able to peacefully voice their opinion in areas they see fit and appropriate. so we should have the right and that would make things better.

1/30/2015
Dobbs Ferry, New York
Jack
Dobbs Ferry MIddle School
I think that students should have a right to speak out about their problems.

1/20/2015
Murrieta. CA
Randy Castle
Jabro/Creekside Highschool
Students absolutely have the right to protest. It's not as if we give up our constitutional rights when we step on campus! As far as students having a say in what is being taught, I'll have to say no. Teachers have a set coriculum to teach, however, if they are failing to do so, then this should definitely be brought up to the district where they work. I don't think a walkout is the best way to express themselves, but it's not like you can force the student to remain in class when he clearly does not wish to attend.

12/16/2014
murrieta,CA
mickey
Mr.Jabro/ creekside
i think we should be able to protest against the school, because sometimes the restrictions are unfair to the students , like here at my school the dress code is a little unnesscesary because we cant even we wear glove at school and its like 50 degrees outside , we could catch a cold or get frostbite , and we cant wear jersey either ??, i think some of the school's policy rules are a little over the top for no reason, we could also protest against what they teach us or what they dont teach is, i personally believe, that they should give a day where the teachers give their students a sex ed day to talk about that because some student never got the talk and by not having the talk the could end getting pregnant or with some sort of STD and the schools could prevent a lot of teen pregnacys or teen fatalities by STD

12/12/2014
Murrieta / CA
Raquell
Mr.Jabro/Creekside Highschool
I believe if the students feel that it is necessary to protest about what they want and do not want to learn is perfectly okay. However if they plan on a nasty protest with violence then it is not okay and not okay if it is for something not important. Students should always have a say in what they are being taught because teacher basically develope our brains and our understanding on things since we go to school for 12+ years. With the students doing a walk out at Jefferson County I believe was very effective. The reason it was effective was to show the staff that the students are serious about this protest and want the teachers to do the right thing.

12/11/2014
Hoover, AL
Joe
Parker/ Spain Park High
I think students definitely have the right to protest what is being taught in schools. If the students that attend the school know that what they are being taught is not what the way it actually happened in real life, they should be entitled the right to fight for the truth. Seemingly, the only way to effectively protest these wrongdoings of the school board is to simply just walk out of class, which should obviously not be the case.

12/11/2014
Birmingham/AL
Ryan
Parker/Spain Park High School
Yes, students have the right to protest at school. Students need to have a say in what is being taught at their school because they should not be falsely educated. A walkout is a very effective way of protest because it lets the schools know that students want a change, and they will not return to school until they get what they want. A walkout also leaves the administration and teachers without a job until the students return. Students have every right to protest, which is protected by the First Amendment,

12/8/2014
Irving/TX
Lee
Bradley/Nimitz
This is another case where younger generations have much more sensibility and understanding about race relations than older generations. It probably isn't just me, but I feel like what that school wants to teach is unbending patriotism and complete obedience...which is fundamentally un-American... The primary mission of schools is to teach us without a bias, to present us with facts and let us draw our own conclusions. If they continue teaching that politically-fueled curriculum, they are doing the exact opposite and are not serving us as they should. The students have every right to protest the curriculum, and the cases support them.

12/5/2014
Hoover, AL
Marshall
Parker/Spain Park High
I believe students reserve the right to protest certain programs in school. Since students are already attending school against their will, we should have a certain say of what goes in our curriculum. Public school feels much more like a dictatorship then a democracy. Everything is chosen for us. Our teachers, our classes aside from extracurriculars, our lunches, etc. No student is exactly the same however schools treat us the same. They all assume we are of the same intellectual ability and are condemned if we do not grasp certain concepts like other students. Students should be able to peacefully voice their opinion in areas they see fit and appropriate.

12/1/2014
Murrieta,CA
ed naeemy
jabro creekside
I think students should do have a right. Not like the county or school gives a crap but its worth a shot. I mean in high schools there should be life teaching skills. What good is geometry going to do me? Basic math and basic science is good but there are students out there that don't know how to do taxes stuff like that. High school should be like a life prep time all 4 years being taught how to get your life started how to make valid decisions and how to calculate taxes how to buy a house choose your career path and work towards that. I'm sure students think taking advanced math is a waste of time. Teach the students something they can use and that will actually help them and develop them I mean who really needs to use geometry? Classes that teach students beneficial skills that puts promise and hope in the youth of our nation.

11/17/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Ben
Mr.Hanna/SJHS
I believe that students should be able to protest at school so the office and teachers get a perspective of what the students think. They should feel what it's like if they were in our shoes.

11/16/2014
Irving/TX
Erik
Ms.Bradley/Nimitz High School
I believe that not only students in Jefferson county have the right to protest in school but all students have the right to protest in school over something they believe should change. In the case of the students in Jefferson county, they are protesting over something that could potentially impact them in a negative way. If students are denied their right to protest then change will never come.

11/16/2014
Irving/TX
Gabriel M
Bradley/Nimitz
Yes, students have the right to protest at school. If students have a say in what is taught then they will be more enthusiastic about what they learn. Walkouts are effective because it tells the school that the students are passionate and would stop at nothing for a cause.

11/16/2014
Irving/ Texas
Lidia
Bradley/ Nimitz
I believe that students mentioned in this article make up a great point. I used to think like many others who say that most students who do walk outs usually just do it in just to get out of school. Well after reading this article I realize that if there is an issue that you really feel passionately about then yes, speak up. I believe that as students, and as human beings that we are we should a say in anything that get taught. After all it is our decision what we do with the information that we receive. As to what has to do with walk outs, like I said at the beginning if you believe in what your fighting for is worth it then yes. Let your voice be heard! Doing so might not get the entire situation resolved but it will definitely get some attention to your point.

11/14/2014
Strodsburg,Pensylvania
Javier
Mr.Hanna SJHS
Yes students should have the right to protest. it would make school rules better and understandable.

11/14/2014
Belleville/NY
Elizabeth
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I believe that students should have the right to protest at their school. If something is happening at the school that hurts their learning abilities, then something should be done about it. In this case, the students are being civil and mature about the protest. On the other hand, if the students were being immature and disruptive to other students or abusing the property, they should be stopped. I believe that students should have the right to protest if they carry it out in a civil manner. However, I don't think walking out of the classroom is the right way to protest the situation. If something is going on in a classroom that the students don't agree with, they should sit through it like mature adults, and protest after class. Just because something is happening that they don't agree with doesn't mean they don't have to stay in class. Everyone has the right to their own opinion, but everyone does not have the right to be disrespectful.

11/14/2014
Belleville, NY
Danielles
Ms. Colby/Belleville Henderson Central Scool
There is not always black and white in the world, there are many shades of grey in conflicts. This conflict is no different. History has many shades of grey because some teachers/schools do not want to teach you all the things that happen because that might change your outlook on our nation. But I believe that you should be allowed to have your own personal opinon on the matter. Threfore, if you do not agree with the way you are being taught as a student you should have the righ to protest. You should be able to learn all the parts of history without the teachers or the school worrying about how you will view the nation. Your opinion is important and as a senior I will be able to vote soon and I want all the facts when I go to do that. Don't ever let anyone hold you back from your full potential, if you believe this is happening in your school you should be allowed to stand up for yourself.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Devin
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Yes, kids have the right to protest in school. Students should not be forced to be patriotic, it is there choice not the schools. Yes students should have a say in what they are taught, they are the people learning. Yes, a walkout will show that they dont like whats being taught and the won't stand it.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg/ PA
Adjoa
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Students should be able to protest at school. Since the students are part of the school, they should have the right to protest and suggest ideas to make the school a better, more interesting, fun place to learn. If the students are not allowed to protest, then they might as well not be in the school, because they won't have a say in anything that goes on. I feel like students that protest and suggest ideas in their schools can bring up good ideas to better their school and make it a friendlier environment to learn in.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, pa
sarinthia
Mr. Hanna
Yes, I do think students should have the right to protest at school. If the teachers and the staff members get to protest why can't the students protest. If the students weren't at the school it wouldnt be called a school. The students give the teachers a job that the teachers get paid for. If their were no students the teachers couldn't be called teachers because they wouldn't anything. If the students cant protest why can the teachers protest because the students bring the school together. So yes the students should be able to protest.

11/14/2014
stroudsburg
Angela
Mr.Hanna/stroudsburg jhs
I do think students have the right to protest but i think there are limits. I don't think walking out is a good thing to do,it shows how immature you are and that they shouldn't listen to you if your being childish. I think students should have a right in what there learning but I don't think they should have full control over everything,but they should be able to vote, for example; doing a lab or packet and what unit to do.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Branden
Mr. Hanna, Stroudsburg Junior High School
I think the students have the right to protest in this particular case. I also think that students in general should have the right to protest in school. However they should not be allowed to protest about everything until they have their way. But why not hear the voices of the students? They may have good ideas or just may be stressed about a rule or something they have to do. Then they can protest and together the whole school may be able to solve the solution so that everyone is happy. Students should be allowed to protest because school is supposed to be about the students.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Jessica M
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that as an American citizen we have the right to protest and stand up for what we believe in. Thus students also have a right to protest . The students in this article were trying to get a say in what they were taught and I fully support them. As students we are being prepared for the real world and we should have a say in what we need to be taught. Besides if students had a say in the curriculum they were taught, they would participate more because they would realize that their opinions matter. The only thing I do not agree with is the matter in which these students protested. The base of the protest was to have their opinions heard, but if society were to see you as immature adults they would not value your opinions and ignore your requests. I believe that the students should have had a more organized protest to draw attention to their capabilities and prove that they were mature enough to have opinions of high value to our country.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Brianne
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that students have the right to protest at school. Students should give their opinion if they truly believe in something. I think students should absolutely have a say in what is being taught. They can say anything they want, as long as it isn't inappropriate or offensive. The only way I think a walkout is effective is if the students tried talking it out, and the school administration doesn't listen. Then, if the students don't have any other options, a walkout is acceptable.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Casie
Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think students do the right to protest. They have opinions too, they can't just sit there and let something happen if it bothers them. Students should have a say in what they learn because they want interesting topics that they can relate to, they just can't be extreme and say nothing. I think a walkout is an effective way because the schools will understand that they are being serious. They take these things seriously,not everything is a joke to teenagers.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Kiara
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think students should have the right to protest if they feel likes something's right. However it should be done in a way that no one could get hurt. I also think students should have a say on what they think should are taught. I think a walkout is a good way to express your feelings because they will have no choice but to hear what you have to say. When you protest you are using free speech but you have to do it in appropriate way

11/13/2014
East stroudsburg/ Pennsylvania
Jaylen
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg junior high school
Now from reading this article, I think that there is so many resources in life to help you with protesting I think that the curriculum of my school is well bounded because it no point in protesting in school because then the students would be in charge and teenagers like us don't know everything so I would just leave it to them. But let's talk about the uniform. I am strongly appose uniforms and I think students and children should protest about that because that is a highly strong topic that a lot of kids my age will agree to not have them. Plus there are some good opportunities in my school personally that a lot of kids get to protest so I think that students shouldn't entirely protest over something so little because even thought you can't have teachers and principals and a school without students. I think that there are enough resources where students can protest unless it was like an emergency protest.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/ Pennsylvania
Sherri
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think students do not have the right to protest in school because it will cause trouble and their parents won't like their children to protest they will get into a lot of trouble with the school and the principal. Students protest because the want whatever they are protesting for might happen at anytime of the day or the year. I think every school should have a policy of not having students protest because the school wants them to get good grades. This is why people and or students get what the want.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/ PA
Kelsee
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that students should have the right to protest! The students are going to be there 8 hours/day and 5 days/week. They might as well have fun while they are there. Also, some students have really good ideas and could help the school be better. I think that students should have some kind of say for some of there classes. Like, elections, extra classes, and study hall. I think they should make signs to tell everyone what they want to say. I don't think it is effective to have walkout.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Gabriel
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do think that students have a right to protest at school, but only if it is absolutely necessary. Students have a right to speak out if something is wrong or a certain assignment is downright ridiculous or completely unneeded it is. With that said, however, I do not think a walkout is needed at all for protests. No student should get up and leave school because they don't like a certain assignment or how it is unneeded. They should at the very least talk to the principal or guidance about something unfair and in given time, the principal or guidance will make a decision and announce it to students. That is how a protest should be done and not a walkout for something as simple as school. To summarize, I do think that students should protest at school for various reasons, but not take it too far by having a walkout at school.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Jill
Mr. Hana sjhs
I believe that students should have he right to protest in what they think they shoul learn. Because if the teachers know what the kids would like to learn then kids might like school more.

11/13/2014
stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Nick
Mr.Hanna/stroudsburg JHS
They absolutely do. If the kids are spending most of there day in school, and somehow arent learning, which they should be doing, you have to change something. Maybe its the way there learning. If they dont like how the teacher is teaching, they should say something. Obviously im not saying if they dont like the food change it, im just saying if there protesting about there ability to comprehend the knowledge given to them, they should be allowed to speak up

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg
Mark M
MR.HANNA SJHS
Students should be aloud to protest ate school. We should be able to decide the type of environment that we want to learn in. We should have a right to speak out against things we don't like! Adults get to do it all the time. If the students believe that the curriculum isn't right or something is wrong with it we should be aloud to say what's wrong with it. What if we have good ideas that could make the curriculum better. Everybody deserves an even chance to speak out against things they don't like. America is the land of the free!

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Katie
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that students should absolutely be able to protest at school. For example, we are the ones learning the material we're being taught, so we should have a say in exactly what that material is. Schools are always promoting the ideas of "expressing yourself" and "being creative". Well, a way to do that is to protest your opinions in school.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Kinley
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that students should be able to protest at school. Everyone around them should be able to hear what someone has to say. Students should also have a say in what we learn, the way teachers teach the material(especially if they are not doing a good job), what we wear, and what we eat. Students should have a voice in what they want. Even if the school approves, that does not mean the kids do!

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Amber
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think students do have theright t protest at school. They can speak their minds as long as it is in a respectful manner and they have a good reason. Everyone has freedom of speech. As long as no one gets hurt and no one gets too offended, I think students have the rigt to protestation.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
colson
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think students do have the right to protest. I think students should have a say in what they are learning. I think students should have a say in what they are learning because they are learning.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Dillon
Mr. Hanna SJHS
I think that students deserve the right to protest what they are learning. I don't think that students should have total control over what they are being taught because not everyone would use it to their advantage; some kids would take advantage of it instead and make the curriculum too easy. On the contrary, if students think they are missing an important part of their education, they should be able to express their opinions. I think a walkout gets the point across fine, but I don't think that it should be taken to the extreme so quickly. The students should have made a conscious effort to express their concerns to the school board and to their teachers before making such a rebellious decision. I, for one, would have handled it differently, but the students did, in the end, get their point across.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Kevon
Mr. Hanna, Stroudsburg
I think students have the right to protest at school. Why I think this way is because students want freedom in school like dress code, food choices, and others. The students should be able to protest for what they want and how they want it.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Hana
MR. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that students have the right to protest at school. It is a way to express their opinions where many people can hear it. Students should definitely be able to have a say in what is taught at their schools because they are the ones learning the information! School is supposed to be a learning environment, so kids should enjoy what they are learning. I think a walkout is not the best way to express their opinions but it does get the word out.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Ray
Hanna/Stroudsburh SJHS
Although adults give the rules and we as minors should obey them, we should have some voice in what we want. If there's something bothering students or making us upset we should be able to protest. For example the way teachers teach... If they're not teaching the right way and we're not learning then us students should say something about it.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Adam
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg Junior high
I think they should because of dress code. The dress code is stupid and unnecessary. So students should protest against that.

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Jonathan
Mr. Hanna / Stroudsburg Junior High School
I think that student should have a choice to protest in school because it would make a more friendly school because everyone would be getting what they wanted. I think they should have a choice to say what they are teaching because maybe what they are talking or teaching about in school is useless. Yes there should be a walk out beacuse it would make more sense to spread the word more andiy would make more people be invoked in the protest

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Zoey
Hana stroudsburg junior high school
I think that students should beable to protest agienst there schools because some kids do not approve of some things that the school approves of! Just like dress code some kids don't like that so they might protest agienst it..

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Danny
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that students should have the right to protest in school, unless it is something required for the job field that they want to go into. If you are in a class and the teacher isn't talking about anything related to what you want to do or be in the future then you should have the right to walk out and go to a supervisor or teacher and switch classes. And if enough students walk out of the class the teacher should get the feeling she is doing something wrong. So you should speak up for your rights in a certain way.

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Mae
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Student defiantly should have the right to protest, in my opinion. Students should have a say in what is being taught because it is their own future that they are going to school for. So they should have a right to decide what they're learning. A walkout is not an effective way to express their opinion. If students react peacefully and nonviolently the school will want to listen and be pleased with how well their students reacted.

11/7/2014
New Orleans/LA
Allisyn
Greiner/Lusher Charter School
Students do have the right to protest, so long as the students are not "disrupting the school environment," according to Tinker v Des Moines. Students should have a say in what they are being taught and should strive to be taught subjects free of propaganda or bias. The walkout is a very effective way to draw attention to their dissatisfaction with the change in the curriculum and demands the attention of administration toward their opinions on the content of their AP US History course.

11/7/2014
Irving/Texas
Rachel
Ms. Bradley/Nimitz
Morse v Frederick concluded that free speech of the students is okay so long as it doesn't "contradict the educational mission of the school." Now, in the case of Jefferson County, the students involved were certainly contradicting the educational mission of the school district, but for good reason. It is not the job of a school to breed kids who bleed red, white, and blue; a school's job is to teach students the facts so that they are adequately prepared to sustain themselves once they are out of their parent's loving care. If these students were able to see that what was being done was wrong, then it should have been obvious to those making the changes in the first place. In this case, despite the protests technically contradicting a supreme court ruling, the answer to the question of whether the students have the right to protest must be found in the nature of what they are protesting. We do not live in a Brave New World where our government should feed us feel good information so as not to shock us with the horrors of our past; this is reality, a democracy, and parents everywhere have entrusted the public school system with teaching their children correctly. What the school district was doing is wrong, and the students had a right to demonstrate against it.

11/6/2014
Murrieta, California
Adam
Mr. Jabro / Creekside High school
I believe students should have the right to protest, to an extent. Students should be aloud to protest at their school as long as the students don't go on a rampage and there's no violence. Students should have the right to say what they want to be taught because teachers work for the students, without the students the teachers would have no jobs. I believe that the walk out that occurred in Jefferson County was a very effective way to express their opinion, it showed that they're not afraid to stand up for what they believe in.

11/5/2014
Irving/Texas
Tyler
Bradley/Nimitz
Students are going to public schools on the taxpayer's dollar. Honestly, high school students, for the most part are working part time jobs or have at some point and the taxes taken out of their paycheck at the end of the month makes them a taxpayer. Which means that they are, in a manner of sorts, paying for their education. If they disagree with the quality of the education then by all means, let them protest, if they learn something about civic protest while they are doing it, more power to them. As taxpayers they have that right to protest.

10/30/2014
Murrieta California
Ali
Mr. Jabro Creekside High School
I absolutely believe that students should be able to protest the school. If student want to protest they should have the right to do so if they're doing it in a mature and respectful manor. If students calmly talk to the school board and maybe have a petition then they deserve to at least be listened to, but if they're being irrational and out of line then they wont get anywhere with their protest.

10/28/2014
Murrieta, CA
Justin Reed
Jabro /Creekside Highschool
I absolutely believe that students have the right to protest at school; if something is not right. Those students were doing what it is right, and the school board should allow the teachings of proper curriculum with precise knowledge of any given subject. If the students don't want that, and they aren't learning at school, what's the real mission here? The original mission was to teach to students; the students aren't going to learn if they aren't being taught right. The students that had walk-outs of their classrooms is absolutely the right thing to do, when something is not right. We all should know how to stand up for what we believe in.

10/24/2014
Murrieta, CA
Tre Gudger
Jabro / Creekside Highschool
I think if a student feels that his or hers rights are being violated they have the right to protest. If what is being taught goes against someone's religion or moral's, then i think that that person should be able to opt. out of the class or lesson. I think that walking out is the most mature and effective way of getting your point across.

10/22/2014
Murrieta, CA
Ziona Montes
Mr. Jabro / Creekside HS
I personally believe to a certain extent that students do have the right to protest, but to the extent of them respecting fellow students/classmates feelings and thoughts, as well. If the students feel as though they aren't being taught or treated properly, then I agree 100% with the protesting, but if it is something minor, then i do think they can protest but if it is done in the correct manner. Students should be able to give an opinion if they feel like they are not being taught properly, or if they feel like they are not getting the correct education.

10/17/2014
Murrieta CA
Elizabeth Padilla
Mr.Jabro/Creekside HS
In my opinion, and also from a students perspective, I believe that students have the right to protest. I agree to a certain extent that students should have a say in what is being taught to them, yes i believe that a walk out is an effective way to express their opinion, how else would they really get their point across to the teachers and staff?

10/16/2014
Murrieta California
Corrine Creech
Mr. Jabro
I feel students have every right to protest at school. What if the teachers are being abussive? What if they are not teaching you like they are supposed to ? What if students are being treat unfairly? Are we just supposed to sit back and let teachers or staff take advantage of us? No, most defiently not. As students i believe we have to right to stand up for our needs. Beside our parents tax dollars are paying for out education.

10/14/2014
Irving, TX
Jonathan
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that we do have the right to protest in school. We need to have a say in what we are learning. Its our education and our futures that are being affected, so why wouldn't we want to be involved. As long as its a peaceful protest there is absolutely nothing wrong. We're not hurting anyone and are trying to enhance our learning environment. The walk out staged by the schools is one way that its perfectly fine to protest. It also accomplished what they had intended to do. These are high school students we already know about horrible things like genocide and war, so why change the correct curriculum to something weak and that won't give us a proper education. It was a preposterous idea, and the students were right to protest for their education.

10/10/2014
Irving/TX
Marilynn
Ms.Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that students do indeed have the right to protest as long as it’s not disruptive to the school.I believe that students should have a say in what they’re being taught if they know that what they’re being taught is not true or correct.The walkout seems to have accomplished what they were intended to accomplish.The students gained attention from the people in the school district, which they were trying to impact.In other words a walkout is an effective way to express their opinion.But in my opinion, students should not have a walkout at school because it interferes with other students who are not a part of the protest.Instead students should have a peaceful and formal protest that is not disruptive to the rest of the students.

10/10/2014
Irving Tx
Alejandro
Ms. Bradley Nimitz High School
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." The students should absolutely have a say in what they are being taught, especially if much of it is going to be covered up. The student's are demonstrating their right to a peaceful protest that perfectly emphasizes their point, America is not a perfect nation. It is a nation of opinions and decisions. The laws that run our country were not just created but molded to fit the needs of the people. The petition is sound because it lets their opinion be heard in a non-aggressive way. In this case, the students have a valid argument, history can not simply be edited to fit a idealistic look. History is the occurrence of past mistakes and triumphs. It is from these events that we learn and discover how to make a better future. To cover it up is dishonest, and the students have every right to let the truth be heard.

10/10/2014
Irving/TX
Briana
Bradley/Nimitz
Students do have the right to protest because of the first amendment and to not be able to say what’s on their minds would be a terrible thing since we need to learn how to enact or rights in order to become better civilians even if we participate in civil disobedience. Protesting can bring great changes in our society that will make the nation better. Such as the March on Washington which had a great impact on the civils rights movement. Students should also have a say in what they are taught because they aren’t asking for the curriculum to be shorter or to cut out parts but they want to expand their knowledge and in order to do that they have to be able to be taught not only one side of history but both which are the positive and the negative. If we hope to become a better society, we need to know about who we are, which we learn thru history. A walkout is an effective way of expressing one’s opinions because something we are ignored or our demands are not giving the importance and a walkout demonstrates that the students are serious and that they wish for a change and that gives the administrators a better idea of the importance the students have given to what they want to learn.

10/10/2014
Irving/Texas
Peyton
Bradley/Nimitz
Students should absolutely have a say in what they are taught, and if it is not what they believe they should have the right to express that in a peaceful protest. The first amendment clearly states that we as citizens have freedom of speech and therefore, if the students don't agree, they can step up and say something. However, it is not respectable to disrupt a class or school function during school hours, like walking out of class. I think students should stay in class to prevent further problems, and find other ways to peacefully show their disapproval. Students should have a say in what they are taught, because it is their education; especially when it gets broken down into certain subjects, students should have a PEACEFUL say.

10/10/2014
Murrieta/California
Derek
Mr.Jabro/Creekside High School
I think that if it is for a good reason yes it is valid. First of all if the students and teachers all agree on the same thing, and are going to protest about it then of course there has to be something wrong with either the district or the school office staff or something to warrant a protest. Such as the article to the left explains that the students and teachers had had enough of the history curriculum so they protested and made the district change the text books and what was being taught in the history classes. If what is being taught is not right or outdated to the point where even the students know more than the text book and the district or staff is not doing anything to change it then yes i do believe they have a right to protest what is being taught.

10/9/2014
Irving/Tx
Carolyn
Ms. Bradley/Nimitz
Teachers and administrators are required to teach the curriculum given, with no questions asked. It is their job. Students, on the other hand, should have say on the content of the curriculum. Depending on the circumstance, students should be able to protest at school. As stated in the First Amendment of the Constitution, all citizens have their right of freedom of speech, and like the Tinker v. Des Moines ISD court case had determined, students do have freedom of speech as long as it doesn't disrupt the school environment. However, there should be limitations for school protests. Walkouts and protesting during school should be prohibited, as it does affect the school environment. As long as the student protests are peaceful and relevant, students should be able to voice their opinions, as does every person in the U.S.

10/9/2014
Irving/TX
Hillary
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that the students have every right to protest in what they believe in. Students should always have a say in what's being taught because according to the first amendment, they have the freedom of speech, religion, press, and the right to protest. A walkout may not be the best idea because it may create a little chaos but it's better than students being violent, breaking things, and doing graffiti. It lets the students express themselves in a fashionable manner.

10/9/2014
Irving,TX
Noemi
Ms.Bradley Nimitz High School
The first amendment of the United States Constitution states that citizens are able to protest freely. This amendment protects the Colorado students who wish to protest the new “whitewashed” curriculum. However, the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District determined that students have free speech rights in school as long as it does not disrupt the school environment. In my opinion, students do have a right to protest and speak freely.This situation is not necessarily disrupting education. It is giving us opportunities to exercise our knowledge of the Constitution and landmark Supreme Court cases and evoke our patriotism. It is not our protesting that is disrupting our education. It is the decision and changes in the curriculum that limit our education.

10/8/2014
Irving,TX
Claudia
Bradley/Nimitz
Students should be able to protest and stand up for what they believe in. However, there should also be restrictions set to make sure situations don't get out of control. By allowing students to protest, they are able to express their freedom, and acknowledge what it’s like being able to express their rights. Whether students should have a say in what is being taught, only a selective amount would actually handle the matter maturely, while the rest would most likely try to eliminate as much as they possibly could to reduce the amount of homework they would have to do. Also, walking out would not be the most effective way for students to handle a protest, since many would just take advantage of the situation in order to miss out on some class time.

10/7/2014
Murrieta / Ca
Miguel C.
Jabro / Creekside High School
Yes, I believe that students do have the right to protest their school. If the situation they're in is needed or necessary, but not many schools get into the situation where students are protesting. Many schools usually care about their students and try to maintain a pleasant environment for them and everyone. If its based of the curriculum and theirs nothing the students can do then maybe yes, it'll be appropriate from them to voice their mind.

10/7/2014
Irving/Tx
Jocelyn
Bradley/ Nimitz High School
Students do have the right to protest considering how the freedom of speech includes them, but the fact that their records are in jeopardy for protesting peacefully is not a great outcome. They have a right to voice out what they feel is incorrectly spread out in their teachings. If they feel that what they are taught is wrong it’d be to their benefit that they correct that problem before it affects them and their fellow students for the worse. Even though most would think that students don’t know any best since they are just kids or young adults, these students went out of their way to get as informed about the subject that they were protesting about. I feel that this walkout was the best way to express their grievances towards the school board’s ridiculous changes to the U.S history’s curriculum. If the students didn’t know of all the negative aspects of history then how would they know what caused many of the nation’s changes? Without failure how would we as a nation have been able to reach significant improvements? One can’t be successful without having a few bumps in the road. Failure is an option, and the students need to be aware of this in their U.S. history curriculum.

10/5/2014
Irving/TX
Jessica
Ms. Bradley/ Nimitz High School
I think that the students do have the right to protest for right purposes. Although, their protests may disrupt the school environment, not all protests are peaceful. Just because they are students, it doesn't mean they have no rights. They are regular citizens with the same amount of rights as an adult. Sometimes they don't protest for the right reasons, but they are using their rights given to them. Students should always have a say in what is being taught, after all they are the ones that have to sit through it and learn it. They should at least have a say in what they should and should not learn. I think walkout is a very good effective way to express their opinion. It's not only effective but also it's the safest and cleanest way. There's no violence, graffiti, and shouting involved. Students just need a good reason to protest for and if there is no good reason, then the police or school policy can stop the protests.

10/3/2014
Irving/TX
Colton
Bradley/Nimitz
Today's teenage generation, is one of a rebellious mind. Students take very extreme actions of rebellion instead of using civil protest. If teens were to protest at least where I am enrolled at school, it would result in the police having to take measures because the protest would get out of hand. Unfortunately even though as citizens we have the right to protest, because of the way we handle issues as teenagers, we are not allowed to protest.

10/3/2014
Irving,TX
Miguel
Bradley/Nimitz
The students at Jefferson County,Colorado protested the unfairness of their school curriculum. Because the Bill of Rights lets us protest against our government whenever we don’t like something, what they did should be perfectly accepted. They believe that the system they were under was flawed, by protesting they can hope to fix it. Because it is a right given to all in the United States, students have the right to protest against their school if they see it a necessary.

10/3/2014
Irving/Texas
Carlos
Bradley/Nimitz
For the schools that need a reminder that the Bill of Rights was created to protect our civil rights. The Bill of Rights' first amendment gives us freedom of speech, religion, press, and the right to protest. The students in Jefferson County Colo. are part of this country and are in no way denied this rights. They are being taught something they don't feel is right and you can't teach someone they don't believe is right. So with the support of their parents and teachers they practiced civil disobedience by walking out. A walk out is a great way for them to be heard because if there are no students then what's the purpose of the school? Therefore, they did the right thing by letting heir concerns be heard and protest about it in a non violence way.

10/3/2014
Irving/Texas
Kierria S.
Bradley/Nimitz
Students do have the right to protest on such subjects in schools. If the curriculum is seen by the students as non educational or rather simplified, then students should be able to announce their concerns as long as it is in a positive and in disruptive way. A walk out is one of the best ways to prove a point. Since the school is teaching subjects that aren’t fit for the students that want to learn and whose parents are paying taxes to provide schools for their children, the students shouldn’t have to go to school.

10/3/2014
Irving TX
Alex R
Ms.Bradley/Nimitz
Yes i do think that the students have the right to protest. And The first amendment is a good argument. Students should also have the right to get at least some say what they are being taught. Now they can't go overboard and not teach anything but they should teach things that the students feel that they will need more than things they don't. And a walkout is a perfect way to express their opinion, its not violent and has gotten attention thus far so they have to be doing something right.

10/2/2014
Irving/Texas
Carlos
Bradley/Nimitz
I think the government should have the right to choose what's right for the public safety. I think that religion is being violated, but if it's not, then people's life could be put in danger. A disease or a virus could spread instantly and harm everyone around them. The whole nation is put in danger when you put people's religious belief above the nations safety. I say don't allow the students who haven't received their vaccine's to go to school until they are vaccinated.

10/1/2014
El Paso Texas
Diana Gissel Baca
Tabbutt
In My opinion Students in Jefferson County Colo., have had enough. So have many of their teachers. And their grievance might surprise you because it’s not about sports funding, safety, or the quality of the food; it’s what’s being taught in class, history class to be precise. Last month, hundreds of students from at least five high schools in Jefferson County, the second largest school district in the state, staged walkouts over several days. The school board has largely dismissed the protests while many teachers and parents have come out in support of the students, arguing that they are getting a hands-on lesson in civics. It all started when the school board decided to review the new A.P. U.S. History course. School board member Julie Williams proposed changing the college-level history instruction to "promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights.” Materials should not “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law,” Williams’ proposal said. “Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage. Content pertaining to political and social movements in U.S. history should present balanced and factual treatments of the positions.” The school board plans to create an advisory board that would oversee the instruction of U.S. history. Many teachers, parents and students were reluctant to accept the changes to the high school history instruction, saying that the newly elected members of the school board were trying to implement a whitewashed view of history. The school board says it is balancing the curriculum because the course has a heavy focus on the negative aspects of U.S. history, with a significant amount of instruction devoted to the issues of slavery and the treatment of Native Americans.

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