Saturday, April 01, 2006
Why I like living in Ellis County . . .
While many other area school districts, like the wusses at Dallas ISD, wrung their hands at the sight of students skipping school to join in immigration protests, Ennis ISD calmly told the students there would be specific consequences, and proceeded to impose said consequences on those who broke the rules:
Several Ennis High School seniors have been barred from their school prom tonight for protesting Thursday against proposed federal immigration legislation.No Araceli, you got barred from prom for violating state law and school policy. You skipped school to demonstrate against an immigration bill you dislike, you did so in the face of multiple and specific warnings about the consequences of such actions, and you received the consequences. 'Standing up for something [you] believe is right" has little to do with it.
School officials suspended 120 to 130 students from classes Friday and barred them from school events this weekend, including sporting events and the prom. The students attend Ennis High School, Ennis Junior High and the Sixth Grade Center.
School officials said students were warned several times this week that they would be suspended through the weekend if they participated in any protests.
"We got suspended, and we're not allowed to go to prom for standing up for something that we believe is right," said senior Araceli Garcia, 18.
Some of those suspended said they heard the warnings but believed they would not be punished if they did not set foot on campus before or after the protest.Which is EXACTLY what kids in other school districts believed -- only problem is, the Ennis ISD folks have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to their students and enforce the law and school policy.
Would that other school districts would do the same.
The students should feel free to stand up for what they believe in. And to take the consequenes thereof. Civil disobedience is a noble form of protest, but it has a price.Post a Comment