Students Blown Away by School’s “Sex Pistols” T-Shirt Ban

Students showing their support for the Sex Pistols and rights to free speech and expression.

Students showing their support for the Sex Pistols and rights to free speech and expression.

Upwards of a dozen high school students in Washington State have been suspended for wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the name of a 1970’s punk rock band known as the “Sex Pistols.” One student said she was “laughed at” by school administrators upon reminding them of a 1969 Supreme Court case validating students’ rights to freedom of speech and expression within the confines of public schools.

The controversy began on Monday when a Several Forks High School student was told to remove her Sex Pistols t-shirt because it was allegedly in violation of the school’s policy against wearing clothing containing sexual references or innuendos.

“Sex Pistols is not a sexual innuendo,” declares former student body president and current senior Devin Chastain. “It is a homage to an important band.”

Junior Alvina Carter echoed Chastain’s claim that the students are being unfairly singled out for expressing their admiration for one band while other rockers’ t-shirts are given a free pass.

“It is the name of a band — people wear Bob Marley and Lil’ Wayne shirts,” Carter said. “I don’t know why we can’t wear Sex Pistols shirts.”

When senior Denay Roberts informed school administrators that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Tinker v. Des Moines case protected students’ rights to express themselves freely in public schools, she said it fell upon deaf ears.

Roberts stated the court’s decision that reads: “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate. This has been the unmistakable holding of this Court for almost 50 years.”

The result for doing her ‘homework’ and standing up for students’ rights to express themselves in Several Forks High School: “I was basically laughed at,” Roberts said.

Does this public school’s blatant disregard for students’ rights to freedom of speech and expression, as affirmed by the Supreme Court, frustrate the heck out of you? If so, share your feelings with District Superintendent Diana Reaume:

Tel: (360) 374-6262 x. 350

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7 responses to “Students Blown Away by School’s “Sex Pistols” T-Shirt Ban

  1. Seems to me that “Sex pistol” referred to a certain part of the male anatomy. The fact that the word “Sex” is included would MAKE it a t shirt with sexual innuendo.
    And there is no such thing as an “important band”.

    • okay, all reference to male genetalia aside, what are you talking about when you say, “there’s no such thing as an important band”? Advancements in science and humanities are what set our society/culture apart from that of Victorian England. If you’re interested in living in a world where culture doesn’t exist, I’d suggest you go lock yourself in a cave somewhere. But, if not, I’d start taking a second to realize you wouldn’t live the life you live if it weren’t for the art around you, art including The Sex Pistols as well as Chopin.

  2. I would let ’em wear them but hell yeah, I would laugh at them. The Sex Pistols were one of the worst bands, their music sux and were a bunch of degenerates. I support your right to wear stupid stuff and I reserve my right to laugh at your stupidity and to comment on said stupidity.

  3. And what does kids constantly fighting to break the rules prepare them for in life? Adults with temper tantrums on a mission to break down moral order just like we’re dealing with today. That’s ok though because as it gets increasingly worse as evidenced today, it’ll be these kids that will have to guide their own children in the world they’re demanding to create. What’s lost is respect and common decency; no text book or court case can teach them that.

  4. I think that these kids are learning an important lesson here.

    Our rights are not protected by the Supreme Court. It is WE, each and every one of us, who must protect our own rights.

    No one can save you from tyranny but you. No one else can pay the price for your freedom.

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