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    Well, I suppose one of the purposes of our education system is to mold youngsters into productive citizens.

    If you can accept that as a premise, then it's not a stretch to assume that our schools have an obligation to teach school children the difference between:  1) their right to have and express an opinion and 2) verbally and physically attacking and terrorizing another person because they disagree with "X" factor about that person.

    Moreover, generally speaking, parents have a legal obligation to send their kids to school.  As such, the schools have a responsibility to keep those kids safe while they are in the school's care.

    This is far more basic than mandating that schools "teach tolerance" (while that would be fantastic).  It is about stopping improper behavior and enabling children to attend school in an environment that is free from harassment.

    The school in the present case clearly knew what was going on.  No one has any illusions that school districts can force kids to be tolerant -- but they sure as hell have an obligation to make sure they don't act on their intolerance in ways that infringe on other children's rights and safety.

    Seth Walsh - R.I.P.

    "I'm bragging . . . I'm always in love . . ." - Always In Love, Wilco

    by TichMarie on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 06:20:52 PM PDT

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