Letter to the Editor

The free speech of a hand-gestured gun

Regarding the Sept. 9 Metro article “Calvert rethinking weapons policy”:

What kind of “weapon” is a sixth-grade student’s hands formed into a gun? Gestures are generally recognized as speech protected by the First Amendment. There are exceptions where speech can be legally restrained, but the legal burden is on those proposing restraint to show reasonable cause. Instead, in numerous cases, schools have presumed reasonable cause. They have no legal right to do that. The parents should consider filing a lawsuit against the school.I think they could garner an award big enough to send the child all the way to a PhD. That is the only sure way to get self-styled educators to obey the law.

Donald L. Champagne, Silver Spring

 
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