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Suspending Fifth Grader For Anti-Obama Shirt Is Ridiculous

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So, now the left is trying to limit speech by suspending fifth graders? Really? Daxx Dalton, an 11-year-old living in Colorado, wore a homemade anti-Obama shirt. The shirt had Obama with a veto sign and read: “Obama: A Terrorist's Best Friend.” The shirt was made especially for patriotism day, where all students were encouraged to wear red, white, and blue.

After it caused a heated discussion during recess, Daxx’s school told him to turn the shirt inside out or he would be suspended. Daxx decided to be suspended. “They’re taking away my right of freedom of speech,” Daxx said. “If I have the right to wear this shirt I’m going to use it. And if the only way to use it is get suspended, then I’m going to get suspended.” A very knowing statement for a fifth grader.

His father, a Republican, told FOX News, “It’s the public school system. Let’s be honest, it’s full of liberal loons. I didn’t expect (my son) to get what he got, that was ridiculously uncalled for.”

The school’s only statement was that the district “respects a student’s right to free speech, such as the right to wear specific clothing.”

Now, I live in a very liberal town and I am taking AP Government and almost everyone is liberal. If I wear a McCain shirt, nobody cares. I see a ton of Obama shirts and I don’t get upset. It’s called freedom of speech, something this Colorado district doesn’t seem to understand.

Freedom of speech is the first amendment and it’s my favorite. I like being able to say Obama’s an idiot and will ruin our country and know I’m not going to be shot. Knowing that freedom of speech is being violated for a little innocent boy that has done nothing wrong, well, that pisses me off.

This boy has done nothing wrong. He has a right to freedom of speech and to wear that shirt. I hope this goes to court, because this boy does not deserve a suspension. Or we can just throw the whole constitution out the window.

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  • Cannonshop

    Actually, they do-they have for a very long time. I remember when I was in school, they made a point of banning “beer” shirts (budweiser, coors, etc. etc), or shirts with offensive logos. This looks like more of the same to me-the logo was offensive to the Principal and the Staff, so the kid was punished.

  • Joanne Huspek

    Thank goodness my kids went to schools where there was a uniform. It took the guesswork out of being politically incorrect.

  • 1%

    Sure, schools ban clothing all the time. Not only alcohol advertising, but anything that could possibly be “gang-affiliated.” For example, at my school in San Antonio, teens associated with Mexican Mafia would wear Mickey Mouse clothing with the letters “MM” on them. This led to many fights. Thus, the school would expel people for wearing Disney clothing. There were many other examples. Come to think about it, political parties are a lot like gangs, eh? (“The gang and the government are no different…”)

  • I anxiously await the “McCain Means More Homework” hoodie.

  • charlie doherty

    Maddy, obviously this kid did something “wrong” by linking Obama to terrorists, thereby questioning his patriotism. Your point at the end should be that the 5th grader did nothing “illegal” and should not have been suspended. And I agree.

    But you should also agree then that the Juneau, Alaska high school kids who carried a “Bong hits for Jesus” sign across the street from his school should not have been suspended either and that the Supreme Court should not have supported that school’s decision to punish the kids. Both are issues of free speech, right Maddy?

  • hall monitor

    This story made Detention Slip! Check it out for all the crazy headlines from our schools.

  • Lee Richards

    Schools, by necessity, operate under some different rules than society at large. For example, they need only “reasonable suspicion” rather than probable cause to search a student’s possessions for something illegal or dangerous.

    Schools may ban clothing, etc. for language or images that they believe may be disruptive to the learning process. There are no unlimited rights to freedom of speech or anything else under our Constitution. The courts have ruled on this issue, school dress codes, etc.

    Maybe the kid and his parent will learn a few constitutional facts from this incident.

  • Heloise

    Are you a public school teacher or administrator? No, didn’t think so. Well, I am. And guess what there is no freedom in public school. A student is not free to wear clothing that will cause disruption to the learning environment, nor wear shirts that Extols the virtue of: drugs, racism, drinking, violence (although they seem to pass on this one. Many students wear the rocker black look and skulls and crap on their shirts and get away with it) sex or is otherwise disruptive in a school setting.

    Regardless to whom I support if I saw a problem T shirt or students getting upset over a T shirt I would turn the student in to administration and/or ask him to turn it around or find something else to wear, as reported. THAT is SOP in a public school. If they were wearing a uniform same diff. I understand it was some sort of free day. Too bad, the kid should have been suspended. Black kids get suspended for looking the wrong way. A kid brought a gun and ammo to a middle school here!


  • Cindy D

    I support Obama and I support the right of Dax Dalton to wear that shirt.

    I have read of suspensions for hairstyles (because they would ostensibly disrupt something).

    That shirt was an invitation to teach. An opportunity to learn debate.

    Be “patriotic” by “our” standards, take the “soma”, swallow the “blue pill”.

    Children aren’t disruptive simply because wear some shirt their neo-nazi dad dressed them in. A learning opportunity was missed.

  • Cindy D

    Heloise I hope you like SOP, it’s how the entire country’s run.

    I find your stated reaction an example of one of the problems with our schools.

  • Cindy D


    I commend you for your article.

    My nephew recently said, he wouldn’t vote for anyone for president, because the time people get to be adults they forget what’s important.

    School should be a place where such an intrusion into the mind-numbing curriculum is welcomed and used as an opportunity for everyone to learn.

  • Cindy D

    By the way Maddy, I am on the extreme far left, just so you can factor that into your assessment.

  • An eleven-year-old who he thinks he is above the rules is what’s ridiculous and so is this article. Daxx, Maddy, and editor Dave Nalle have proven they obviously don’t understand freedom of speech or the First Amendment.

    He doesn’t a right to wear that shirt at school and notice in your article that this brat was asked to reverse his shirt after a heated discussion at recess not when he arrived on school grounds.

  • pleasexcusetheinterruption

    I absolutely support the kids right to wear this in public. I support him wearing it in school. If there was a legitimate disruption, however, the school was correct in asking him to turn it inside out. If I was the administrator, I would have tried to teach the offended student how to express his objections to the shirt appropriately. If this ultimately failed, and there was fighting breaking out over the shirt, then I would have done the same thing the school did.

    And the school absolutely does have the right to do what it did. I’d just love to see the kid try and sue. It would get thrown out in a heartbeat. Those who are saying this was a violation of his free speech don’t know what they are talking about. Every single day thousands of kids are told to limit the way they express themselves in school. Why do you people find this ONE case the only objectionable one?

    Come on Maddy, you’re in High School. I just graduated. We both know that, these days, kids are regularly told to limit their range of expression. I have been asked to change the way I dress in HS. I’m sure you have too. Almost every girl in my HS was told their skirt was too short at some point. Why can’t they express their slutinness in school? Because it’s a distraction. When your actions affect those of your peers, it is can be governed. Standard interpretation of the the first amendment and the entire Constitution. You should know this. You’re in AP Government yes? I can’t believe you haven’t learned how our legal system interprets the 1st amendment yet.

    If you want to go against centuries and centuries of legal interpretation, and even against the intentions of our founding fathers, feel free to present an argument for YOUR interpretation of the 1st amendment…

  • pleasexcusetheinterruption

    Come on Maddy, you see this shit everyday at your own school.. have you spoken out in defense of slutiness at your school? In defense of my right to express support for my favorite baseball team by wearing a b-ball cap? (GO RED SOX!!!!) That’s what I thought. You know this article is ridiculous and you know FOX is ridiculous for making an issue out of a standard disciplinary issue which happens thousands of times a day.

  • pleasexcusetheinterruption

    If you actually had the GUTS to stand up for all the other repressed right to free speech that happens in public schools I would have been impressed. I might actually be with you. Instead you chose to write a politically motivated stunt piece based off ‘news’ from a politically motivated corporation.

  • Condor

    Yet another sound reason for school uniforms.

  • pleasexcusetheinterruption

    Yet another sound reason for school uniforms.

    That’s repression of free speech too let me remind you.

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    Good Grief, Maddy. That’s not free speech.
    You can thank Homeland Security for that. Ever been to an airport? He used the word Terrorist.

    I doubt he would have been banned from wearing the shirt had he just had a Support McCain shirt, or a Support Obama shirt. Perhaps you should do a little more research?

    OTOH Schools DO have rules about what kids can and cannot wear. Those rules are called dress codes. Most schools have them. They make sense. No spaghetti strap shirts, no short shorts, no bike chains, no low slung pants showing underwear, no shirts with drug or alcohol slogans, etc.

    Just like in the Real World, people in offices wear decent clothes, or uniforms, depending on the work they do. Women do not wear certain things to work in an office, nor do men, ie., flip flops, ball caps, low cut blouses, shorts.

    I think sometimes you are very young in your approach.

    Schools are places of learning. I MUST disagree with those of you who support a shirt like this.

    Some time ago, a man was on school property giving out the New Testament. I protested to the principal. He had the man stand across the street OFF school property. THat was fine.

    THere is NO smoking on school property, no drinking, no handing out of political literature. All of that seems to make sense.

    None of this has anything to do with political incorrectness, Joanne.

    Or free speech, Cindy. I usually agree with you, but I am afraid, in this case, you are mistaken.

    I think people have forgotten that some rules make sense, and that dress and behavior codes for schools and work places make a lot of sense.

    Maddy, please give some thought to all of this….It is really an important concept to get a grasp of. The Constitution is too important to get wrong:)

  • pleasexcusetheinterruption

    Agree with Lisa

    Research current legal interpretations of the 1st amendment and write an article for or against them. THAT would be impressive.

  • CallmeMaddy

    Personally, I could care less if kids dress slutty or whatever. Doesn’t bother me. I’m against school uniforms. They are dumb. I’m sorry.

    School dress code isn’t enforced well at my school.

    Everything I’ve learned tells me this is a limit on free speech.

    That’s all,

  • And where did you learn the eleven-year-olds have an unlimited right to free speech?

  • steve from CT

    As a die-hard conservative, typically I would be rooting for such a statement. When it comes down to it; just let a kid be a kid. He should be more worried about the Colorado Rapids FC, Colorado Rockies baseball, or even Denver Broncos football…maybe begin to get curious about girls…ride his bike, etc etc.
    Politics should not be a part of an eleven year old’s life. I saw the interview with the father and son…he is totally brainwashed. His words weren’t his…might be freedom of speech…not a freedom of information for sure. He was simply repeating the rhetoric he hears everyday from his father.
    This whole case was a ploy by the father to earn his 15 mins of fame…What do you know…sure as shit he was there with his camo gear, goatee and lack of public speaking ability. What he DID do was lampoon the stereotype of what democRATS say conservatives look and sound like. Nice job buddy.

  • Cannonshop

    Well, Steve, consider this: if the School lets kids walk around in che guevara tee-shirts (like the schools around here do), then it’s misapplication and an injustice (the school system taking sides in an argument). On the other hand, if it’s a “No Politics” rule in the school, and enforced evenly, then the School’s in the right.

    It’s simple, really-what are the rules, and are they enforced evenly?

  • I actually sorta agree with the school here. That’s a rather inflammatory message on the kid’s shirt, and as such it’s necessarily going to cause a disruption.

    School is for learning, not for political propagandizing. The school offered him the (reasonable, in my opinion) option of just turning the shirt inside-out. He refused. Therefore, he faces a minor punishment.

    I don’t believe the First Amendment is in any danger because of this. The “Fairness Doctrine,” on the other hand … :-/

  • “Thank goodness my kids went to schools where there was a uniform. It took the guesswork out of being politically incorrect.”

    Yup. I support school uniforms (although naturally I was opposed the idea when I was actually going to school…).

  • “I think sometimes you are very young in your approach.”

    Well, that would be because she’s very young. (Good guess!)

    Hell, I’m frankly impressed that a 17-year old high school student is taking time out of her day to think – and to write – about these issues. The fact that she’s wrong (in my opinion) does not take away f