I’ve made a number of speeches at a lot of private venues, and I’ve never been asked to submit my remarks for approval from the host organizations. Of course, I’m not a high-school student, either, and student discipline is a legitimate interest for schools and school districts. On the other hand, schools aren’t private organizations — they’re part of the state, and the state doesn’t have carte blanche in censoring the speech of students, especially when it comes to expressing religious beliefs, which have no real potential discipline issues other than the potential distaste for specific religious beliefs, or religious beliefs in general.
If all that happened was a reaction to deviation from a prepared speech, then Joshua ISD acted in an immature and retaliatory manner for which they should apologize
I despise “one the one hand, then on the other” moderates (spit) who love to take both sides of an issue in order to demonstrate their oh-so-smug impartiality and objectivity.
This was an outrageous violation of this student’s First Amendment rights. Courts have repeatedly stated that schools cannot exercise their in loco parentis powers to violate students’ constitutionally guaranteed liberties, although the area is not as bright-lined as other areas of constitutionaol jurisprudence.
Joshua doesn’t owe an apology for anything to anybody.