"Bong Hits 4 Jesus" Goes to U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court said it would decide whether a high school principal violated a student's free-speech rights by suspending him for unfurling a banner that read "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."

Student Joseph Frederick says the banner's language was designed to be meaningless and funny in an effort to get on television as the Winter Olympic torch relay passed by the school in Juneau, Alaska, in January 2002.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061204/od_nm/court_banner_dc

The article wrote:

Frederick's lawyer, Douglas Mertz, said schools cannot punish students for displaying messages off school property at events that are not sponsored or supervised by the school.

He said the school admitted that Frederick did not disrupt or interfere with any school activities.

Based on that, I don't understand why this isn't cut-and-dry: he was off school grounds at a non-school function, the school has no grounds upon which to punish him as a result. If this were at a school function or on school grounds, I'd side with the school in this case.

I don't get that part either, seems like the school is really pushing the limit here. Besides if Jesus were around he would totally pull tubes with the kids.

Wonder why the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case if the appellate court already ruled in the student's favor.

Yodha wrote:

I don't get that part either, seems like the school is really pushing the limit here. Besides if Jesus were around he would totally pull tubes with the kids.

He was just across the street from the school, at an event that, while not technically supervised by school staff, it was the staff that gave them permission to go. I'm guessing that since the kids were only allowed out of school for the relay, that the audience of kids spanned the street where school property ended, and that school staff was there for the very same even that the kids had been granted permission to go to, it was assumed that they had 'de facto' supervision over the event.

Had they made the distinction that the students were only allowed out of class for a supervised school event to watch the relay, the student wouldn't have had any recourse. As it is, he's probably in the right.

I remember that legalizing "small quantities of marijuana" is some kind of hot issue for them in Alaska. Probably the school board had their views on it too.

Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

I remember that legalizing "small quantities of marijuana" is some kind of hot issue for them in Alaska. Probably the school board had their views on it too.

That's probably part of it, good call.

I live near a college here in Oregon where literally if you cuss when off-campus you can get in trouble. Granted it's a college and not a high school. But I've always found it odd that kosher, even at a private school.

DSGamer wrote:

I live near a college here in Oregon where literally if you cuss when off-campus you can get in trouble. Granted it's a college and not a high school. But I've always found it odd that kosher, even at a private school.

If I was attending a college that restricted my behaviour off campus..I'd be finding a new college.

Dr.Ghastly wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

I live near a college here in Oregon where literally if you cuss when off-campus you can get in trouble. Granted it's a college and not a high school. But I've always found it odd that kosher, even at a private school.

If I was attending a college that restricted my behaviour off campus..I'd be finding a new college.

It's a religious college, so I don't know if many of the students mind. Still it's creepy.

DSGamer wrote:
Dr.Ghastly wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

I live near a college here in Oregon where literally if you cuss when off-campus you can get in trouble. Granted it's a college and not a high school. But I've always found it odd that kosher, even at a private school.

If I was attending a college that restricted my behaviour off campus..I'd be finding a new college.

It's a religious college, so I don't know if many of the students mind. Still it's creepy.

Ah...

If you're throwing a party, always invite two Baptists. If you only invite one, he'll drink all your beer.