Seventh-Grader Wears 'Fake News Network' Shirt on CNN Field Trip

Should we call him a hero?

A Georgia seventh-grader recently wore an "FNN: Fake News Network" on a school field trip to CNN network, and his teacher's made him remove it. His parents Nancy (a city commissioner) and Stan Jester (a school board member) say that this was a violation of his First Amendment rights. They want the school to apologize. Stan Jester wrote in a blog post:

This year when the CNN tour was announced, my 7th grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip. As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request... His mother cautioned him that he might cause a controversy and needed to be prepared for that. He was fully aware of the implications of his decision and made the affirmative choice to wear his shirt.

He said that this was "hypocrisy" when considering what students in other schools do to express their First Amendment rights: "Some students are celebrated when they make a controversial display during the National Anthem. My student was forced to remove his shirt because someone didn’t like it. I defend speech and expression, even if I disagree, or it makes me uncomfortable." 

Maureen Downey of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution questioned if Mr. Jester should have let his son wear the shirt, saying, "I would avoid sending my child off with an attitude or attire that could create problems not only for teachers, but parent chaperones, most of whom take off work to give their time."

What say you, readers? Is this kid a hero, or not? We all know that he had the constitutional right to wear this shirt, but was his teacher correct to make him take it off for the sake of manners, or does the teacher owe him an apology?  

 

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