Freedom of speech banned at Plainwell High School.
They’re coming for you next: The faculty at Plainwell High School in Michigan suspended student David Stouts for three days because he dared to express his Christian religious beliefs in private texts to his friends.
Some of the things he discussed were the love God has for sinners, Stout’s love for his friends, and, here is where the “problems” began, Stout said he believed homosexuality is a sin and….drum roll…there are only two genders!
Before Stout was suspended, he claims he was asked by a faculty member [band leader Austin Hunt] why he didn’t turn himself in for his private discussions involving religion and “inappropriate” jokes shared amongst friends, (Stout allegedly chuckled at homophobic/racial jokes his friends made during band camp in July 2021).
Stout claims he was informed that speaking about religion on campus was verboten because he might hurt someone’s feelings, and that students who overhear his opinions (on text message???) might feel “unsafe.”
In other words, this petty dictator Hunt had decided that only some opinions are permitted, and anyone can immediately silence anyone else if by simply saying the opinion offends them or scares them. Talk about giving the heckler full power!
And of course, the only people given this heckler’s power are leftists and the advocates in the gay rights movement.
If this had been my son, he would never return to the school after that three day suspension. I would have also sued the school and its faculty for everything both are worth, something that Stout and his parents are now doing, represented by the Great Lakes Justice Center (GLJC). According GLJC’s press release, the school also insisted it had the right to police everything Stout wrote on all social media, and determine what he could and could not write.
To get a full flavor of the tyrannical attitude of the school’s faculty, read the full complaint [pdf]. Their biased behavior against Stout and his personal beliefs will disgust you.
Not surprisingly, the lawsuit claims that the school violated Stout’s First Amendment constitutional rights and his Michigan constitutional rights. The lawsuit also claims the school’s policies “are unconstitutionally vague and unenforceable” and violate the state’s safe school laws.
The suit not only names the school system, it names personally the school’s principal, Jeremy Wright, its assistant principal, Deb Beals, and its two band directors, David Hepinstall and Austin Hunt. It was they personally who acted to punish Stout for expressing his own personal opinions.
All kudos to Stout and his family for not bowing to the school’s disgusting behavior and instead fighting back. They will almost certainly win. And if they do, I hope the final ruling includes direct punishment to these individuals at the school. Nothing will change unless school officials themselves are forced to pay damages for their bad behavior. Simply having the school and government pay damages changes nothing.
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