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New York Students Suspended for Protesting Budget Cuts

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Posted on Apr 25, 2011
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A Long Island school district gave its students a civics lesson they won’t forget, suspending hundreds of middle schoolers who walked out recently to protest budget cuts. —YL

The Times Union:

The New York Civil Liberties Union has criticized a Long Island school district for suspending students who walked out of class to protest budget cuts.

The NYCLU said in a letter last week to the Central Islip (EYE’-slihp) district that the students were exercising their constitutional rights and “should be praised for their idealism.”

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By Clay Boggess, June 2, 2011 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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Students should be able to peacefully protest. Isn’t this a first amendment right?

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By PatrickHenry, April 26, 2011 at 3:39 am Link to this comment

Good for those kids, I hope they grow to become leaders.  We need them.

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By TDoff, April 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment

Those Long Island school district members should be suspended for not protesting the budget cuts.

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By Big Wes, April 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

Could this incident make it any clearer that our public
school systems are training grounds for followers
instead of leaders?  Non-compliance, including non-
violent disobedience—is not tolerated into today’s
“sheeple” herding society. These officials should be
thankful that these students care about the quality of
their educations and are willing to take a stand when
they see that it could be compromised.

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