EXCLUSIVE: Student Suspended for 5 Days Over ‘Taxation is Theft’ Hat, ‘End the Drug War’ Flyer
Free Thought Project
“It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of education have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.” –Albert Einstein
Standard education in America typically focuses on creating a supply of worker bees who follow orders from authority and operate within the confines that the system has set out, but lack critical thinking skills. The results of such a school system which suppresses and discourages creativity and imagination has had a detrimental effect on children and their ability to question the status quo. But what happens when one of those children shatters the paradigm and can see outside these walls? Well, for one high school freshman in Florida, it got him suspended for five days.
The student, whose mother asked us not to name him, was suspended last week and will remain suspended through the end of the week. His violation? He wore a hat that read “Taxation is theft” across the front and handed out flyers for a libertarian presidential candidate who advocates “ending the drug war.”
Neither of these statements are threatening, obscene, or otherwise illegal, yet on Friday, the student, who we will refer to E, was approached by school staff members for wearing this hat. E tells us that he was wearing his hat at a time and place in which students are allowed to wear hats, but possibly due to the words on the hat, he was targeted.