Unofficial word from Fargo South High School is that any student who, when participating in the National School Walkout on March 14, holds up signs expressing opinions about gun violence in schools, chants slogans or does anything else that draws attention, will be suspended.

Further, they will not be allowed to walk out at 10 a.m. in conjunction with students across the rest of the nation, but will have to wait until 1 p.m. due to an all-school event scheduled for that morning.

If this is accurate and true (and I hope its not), both of these edicts would seem to contradict what I am reading in terms of students’ legal rights related to peaceful protests on public school property during a school day.

I’ve written to Fargo Public Schools to ask specifically what it’s policies/positions on this will be. I’ve also written to the North Dakota office of the ACLU. I’ll share any responses I get here.

#Enough #NeverAgain #SaveOurChildren #NRANoWay


Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger (https://ivwords.com) nonprofit founder (https://theclimateknights.org/) and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.

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National School Walkout – Letter to Fargo Public Schools – IV Words · February 27, 2018 at 8:45 pm

[…] to a walkout on March 14 have been vague, in my judgement. (See yesterday’s post – What Will Happen If My Kids Protest?) This morning I wrote the following email to Superintendent Jeff Schatz, and a similar email to […]

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