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June 11th, 2012

‘Teaching Moment’ Sparks Debate Over Speech

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

As 90 Wolcott High students prepared to make a statement against bullying on April 20th, junior Seth Groody came to school to make his own statement against what he perceives as a political agenda taking root.  “I don’t agree with gay marriage. If the school system publicly endorses that and wants to force it down my throat, then I can show that I don’t approve,” says Seth.

 

Back side of a shirt worn in protest at Wolcott HighOn April 20th, Seth arrived at Wolcott High School wearing a t-shirt that read “Excessive Speech Day” and an image of man and woman holding hands. On the front was the familiar gay rights symbol of a rainbow – with a red slash through it. The ACLU’s Connecticut chapter accused school officials of censoring the shirt and setting a double standard. It is the second time that the ACLU has complained about civil rights violations at Wolcott High School during the 2011-2012 school year.


School officials; however say that the Groody’s and ACLU’s perception of what occurred was incorrectly reported. The Whisper reached out to school officials on Friday.

Superintendent Macary noted that the April 20th Day of Silence observance was organized by a student club called Friends of Rachel. “It was a day designated to promote tolerance, diversity and talent,” Macary tells the Whisper.

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June 6th, 2012

ACLU Defends WHS Student Expression

by Christopher O'Brien

Editor’s note: The ACLU sent this letter to school officials: aclu-ct-letter-060512

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by Elizabeth Bowling | CTNewsJunkie.com

The Front of the shirt worn to school

A WHS student wore this shirt, where the reverse side read "Excessive Speech Day"

His classmates were allowed to wear duct tape over their mouths in silent support of gay rights, but a Wolcott High School student was told he had to remove an anti-gay T-shirt, according to his father.

The T-shirt featured a rainbow with a slash through it on one side, and a male and female stick figure holding hands on the other side with the words “Excessive Speech Day” on the other side.

The student, Seth Groody, wore the T-shirt on April 20 to

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