Censorship 2

screenshot-docs.google.com-2019.06.12-09-41-37Dylan Weber

Here’s the scoop. Lately, in the world, political parties have been shutting each other down for their own gain. Liberal students in colleges riot to stop speakers like Ben Shapiro from holding a lecture and republican youngsters shutting down other students for political beliefs. This is not new to the political world though.

In 1965 students attending a junior-high school participated in wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam war. The principal preemptively knew about the protest the students would be taking part in. She made an announcement that all students will be asked to remove the armband or students will be suspended. Children arrived at school the next day sporting the dreaded armband. As warned, the armband was removed and students were suspended. The motive for the principal to do this was that is could cause a disturbance on the school grounds. Students sued the school district, and it went to the Supreme Court who ruled 7 to 2 in favor of the students stating “Students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

Similar events have happened in recent years. A high school teacher living in New Jersey in June 2017 was found wearing a Make America Great Again t-shirt in the yearbook. The t-shirt was then edited to not feature the words. The teacher is now in a legal battle to sue the school. Not only it is happening on the other side of the country, but it’s also happening in your own backyards.

For example, I was found wearing a political hat in the yearbook. In response, Principal Heidi DeBritton ordered yearbook teacher and advisor, Mrs. Phan, to remove the political lettering from the hat. Research shows that minors, in fact, have first amendment rights in school granting me ability by law to be allowed to wear the hat. In addition, extra research into the student handbook proves that I am allowed to wear the hat.

Censorship is sweeping the nation. What do you think should be done? Should things political be censored? Share your opinion in the comments.


  1. Politics aside, this is probably the last Cougar Chronicle post of 2018-2019. I’d like to say that I really enjoyed being a reader and one that comments on a lot of things. This is not a perfect kind of place, as it is maintained by middle-schoolers, however, things have gone fairly nice and well throughout the year!

    Don’t expect me to apologize for the hate comments I wrote back in 2nd trimester though, they stay as they were and as they should. Since then, I have seen a lot of improvements within CC and myself. I became a much more easy-going person, and I’ve done well to reduce any outrage that was produced from Dylan Weber’s head-smashing articles. Dylan himself, however, has also changed in some way, I guess. He has acknowledged that he is not the most well-spoken Trump supporter out there, and I respect that a lot.

    I could go on forever about the writers and articles I disliked, but the general idea here is to maintain a balanced mind between emotion and effort. In the end of the day, I believe Cougar Chronicle may or may not have a brighter nor darker future, as this is up to future generations to make up to. I do hope to come back and revisit this site from time to time merely of nostalgia.

    Thank you for all the great words from all of you.
    – An Tran.


  2. Thanks, An. We are all just works in progress. We respect your reflection and wish you success and safe travels on your journey.

    Hopefully, the Cougar Chronicle will continue to be here documenting Stacey’s journey for years to come.


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