Anti-Gay T-shirts Sold at Connecticut High School Considered ‘Freedom of Speech’
Last year Seth Groody of Wolcott High School in Connecticut was requested by his school to remove an anti-gay t-shirt he wore on ‘Day of Silence’, a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.
Groody was originally threatened with suspension for wearing the shirt, a rainbow encased in a circle and slash but when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) threatened to sue the school for infringing on the student’s constitutional right to free speech, Wolcott High School backed down.
Now not only is Groody permitted to wear the anti-gay t-shirt, but has reported to selling the shirts to his fellow students without any ramifications.
Groody said he and his friends intend to wear the shirts on the upcoming National Day of Silence that is recognized this tear on April 19th.
Sandra Staub, legal director of the ACLU in Connecticut disagrees ‘very strongly’ with Groody’s anti-gay position, but says he should be allowed to express his opinion freely .
I have to wonder if the ACLU would be so adamant and forthright about taking the case of a student who wanted to come to school in KKK attire on MLK Day? By thier opinion that also could be seen as freedom of speech. The ACLU has helped set a dangerous precedent by allowing hate speech on a school campus. And while the vast majority of the time I support the ACLU, this is about more than freedom of speech. It’s about infringing on other people’s learning environment and possible safety. The ACLU needs be more careful in the cases it chooses to advocate for. They needed not take this case, they had a choice. And I am sure there are many other more important and less hateful cases out there that the ACLU could have, and should have chosen to defend over a teenage bigots “right to hate”.
PLEASE support and register for GLSEN’s Day of Silence.
Source - Gay Star News