The reason this is relevant to kuro5hin is that one of the cheapest, easiest ways to fight back is through the internet. In days gone by, students would set up true underground newspapers, printed ones. But doing this can be expensive and difficult, and its hard to reach everyone in the school. But if you have even a basic computer literacy, setting up a web site is a piece of cake. There are oodles of free services ready to host your site, WYSIWYG editors to help you create it, and students ready to visit it. All you have to do is add content.
Also, because web sites fall under the Tinker vs. Des Moines court case, and not Hazelwood, you will have close to full First Amendment protection of your right to free speech.
The past few years, especially since Columbine, have seen ever-decreasing amounts of student freedom and privacy. It doesnt have to be that way. But students must first take the initiative. Most students dont understand the rights they have, and most parents have false impressions of the dangers of public schools. With the web, it has become easier to educate them on these things.
If you want your voice to be heard, this is the way to do it.
The reason I reposted this is because I was getting a lot of complaints that I wasn't specific, didn't give examples, etc. I didn't because this was not supposed to be about my specific high school, but to students in general, whatever their situations are.
However, I think many of you also missed my link. The site I created is at www.penfield.f2s.com
In regards to my school, specifically:
- There has been illegal censorship(see Censorship page)
- they have installed surveillance cameras, ostensibly for our safety, even when a student's chance of being killed in school is 1/2,000,000
- they have conducted locked-in-the-classroom drug dog searches, which, while legal, I find incredibly offensive
I discuss all of this more in-depth on the site, and there is a message board where students have been discussing this(try the old board for a larger archive). Again, I think many of you missed the link, which was probably my fault for making it very small at the bottom.