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Pro-Life Student Sues Her School and Wins

— Posted by John (August 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm)

A few weeks ago I wrote about a 6th grade girl in California whose mother sued her public school after the administration told her she was not allowed to wear her pro-life T-shirt in school, supposedly because it violated the school’s dress code, which prohibits “inappropriate subject matter.”

This was the design on the girl’s shirt:

The good news is that the school has agreed to settle the case, so the student, Tiffany Amador, has been awarded a judgment of $50,000.

This is a great victory for pro-life students, and this case should make schools think twice the next time they try to unjustly silence pro-life students from exercising their constitutional right to speak out against abortion.

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18 Comments on “Pro-Life Student Sues Her School and Wins”

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Are you aware of the old saying ‘ be careful what you wish for…’?

    This opens the door to all sorts of potentially offensive and enraging apparel. For a start, why couldn’t I send my kiddie to school with a ‘Bush was a retard’ t-shirt? Or maybe ‘Limit population’? Maybe ‘god? what god? who’s god?’

    Comment posted August 16th, 2010 at 5:58 pm
  2. Rebecca says:

    and what on what basis does a 6th grader qualify as a fully informed, rational and mature decision making person in regards to this? It’s more a case of the parent being ‘pro-life’ and sticking their child into the t-shirt.

    We wouldn’t consider her mature and informed enough to vote, drive or have sex so how is she capable of making a decision on this topic?

    Comment posted August 16th, 2010 at 6:01 pm
  3. Kristy says:

    Rebecca, those types of shirts are already being worn by students in public schools. It only seems to be a problem when it is a Christian issue, or even a pro-America issue these days. As far as 6th graders not being able to make decisions for themselves especially when it comes to sex, as a healthcare worker I am required to ask about the chance of pregnancy on any female 12 years old & up and you would be amazed at how many are sexually active. I have also seen several younger than that pregnant. Part of the problem is that parents & society as a whole are not teaching kids consequences of their actions. Maybe the parents were trying to male a political statement but, regardless, if the school had that big of a problem with it, it was going to happen eventually.

    Comment posted August 16th, 2010 at 6:55 pm
  4. Rebecca says:

    Ah, so some are sexually active. Do you think that they are ready to cope with that? Or fight in a war? Or go out and work in a mine for 40 hours a week?

    I don’t. Nor do I think they are ‘ready’ to wear propaganda t-shirts. I stated this on the earlier thread on this topic.

    I believe it is the parent causing the child to wear the t-shirt. The child does not have enough knowledge and experience to make the ultimate decision as to whether they are pro-choice or anti-choice. The same as they don’t have enough knowledge and experience to decide who to vote for.

    Comment posted August 16th, 2010 at 8:56 pm
  5. Jo March says:

    Rebecca – a 6th grader, approximately 12 years old, is certainly old enough to make a decision as to whether she is pro-life or pro-abortion. I think a 12 year old is old enough to understand that she is living during a time where the very fact she is alive is a blessing, because 1/3 of her generation is being killed. She is old enough to appreciate her mother chose life for her, and maybe, just maybe, by her wearing it pro-life shirt, it will cause someone else to choose life for their baby.

    At 8 years old I spoke in front of our city council regarding a matter important to me – at the time whether or not to cut down a local forest and build a hardware store. I made the decision independant of my parents influence, wrote a speech, and delivered it – with their support certainly, but not at their suggestion or under their influence. A 12 year old, then, must be capable of making a decision such as what t-shirt to wear to school. Furthermore, as we are talking about a preteen (and having one in my family) I’m not sure it is possible to force her to wear something she wouldn’t want, or agree to. ; )

    I’m just glad her mother stood up for her and supported her decision to share her pro-life convictions with others!

    Comment posted August 16th, 2010 at 9:06 pm
  6. Katie says:

    I first learned about abortion from the news when I was in sixth grade, and I immediately knew it was evil. My parents might tell me to do something, I will listen but usually end up doing what I want anyways. If I had access to a pro-life shirt back in sixth grade I would definitely wear it to school! People did not begin to fight slavery until they saw Africans as humans, and more Americans will understand how evil abortion is when they see images of unborn children. Congradulations to that brave sixth grader, what a cool shirt :o)

    Comment posted August 16th, 2010 at 9:10 pm
  7. Rebecca says:

    You are both wrong. 12 Year olds are not mature and knowledgeable enough to make an independent choice on such topics. There are influences in peoples’ lives at that age which may cause them to have an opinion which they completely refute when they hit their 20’s.

    Comment posted August 16th, 2010 at 9:45 pm
  8. Katie says:

    Hmmmm….. nope, I’m in my twenties and I still know that abortion is wrong. I knew it in sixth grade, and its the same now….. we know from science that babies inside and outside the womb are fully human, that abortion kills them and destroys the lives of their mothers.

    Comment posted August 17th, 2010 at 4:11 pm
  9. Rebecca says:

    That’s fine Katie, not everyone changes their position. But there are those who do. And the point is that a 12 year old is not ready to determine some things for themselves.

    Abortion does not ruin the lives of the mothers. That is a fallacious.

    Fetuses have physical human traits but they are not fully developed.

    Comment posted August 17th, 2010 at 4:33 pm
  10. Pauline Pavlick says:

    I have a daughter named Rebecca. When she was 7 years old she knew about abortion and understood. She knew President Clinton was for abortion. She asked a question about him thinking it was ok and why. I tried to be compassionate toward our president in front of my very young daughter as I answered her question. I stated, “Well, he just doesn’t know. (as if to say his eyes are not open to the evil of it) We must pray for him”. Becca continued to look at me smugly and finally stated, “Wadda does he hate kids?” Nuff said.

    Comment posted August 18th, 2010 at 5:45 am
  11. Pauline says:

    Correction: What, does he hate kids?

    Comment posted August 18th, 2010 at 5:48 am
  12. John says:

    Rebecca said: “Fetuses have physical human traits but they are not fully developed.”

    Neither are one-year olds. May we kill them too?

    Comment posted August 18th, 2010 at 8:26 am
  13. Rebecca says:

    Pauline, do you not think that your 7 year olds concept was based on the influences and information provided by her environment? She would hardly have been fully informed or even able to understand all the information. 7 year olds don’t like a lot of foods – stridently – which they will happily consume later in life.

    They breath on their own John.

    Comment posted August 18th, 2010 at 4:36 pm
  14. Molly says:

    Rebecca – just curious, but how old are you? Regardless I bet someone 10 or 20 years older than you would say that YOU aren’t of an age that can fully comprehend these issues. I know a lot of current 40 year olds who say that they didn’t know squat about anything when they were in their 20’s – and I bet a lot of people in their 60s feel the same way about their 40s. I’m just trying to point out that your prejudice against age is illogical.

    Personally, I was not raised religious and my parents never have expressed an opinion on abortion – but I remember sitting in 6th grade history class and the teacher started talking about the “great triumph” of the Roe vs wade trial in which abortion was made illegal. She then started explaining what abortion was, and even in her pro-choice terms I was instantly horrified! I never knew such a thing existed! About a year later when I was 12 and learned more about it I started getting involved in the pro-life movement. I was intensely involved when I was 12 and 13 going to rallies and protests every month and posting on websites like these, but unfortunately haven’t done so in over a year because I started high school and got really busy. I’m now 15, 16 in 3 months. So yeah, age doesn’t matter!

    Comment posted August 18th, 2010 at 8:07 pm
  15. Molly says:

    when abortion was made legal, sorry

    Comment posted August 18th, 2010 at 8:07 pm
  16. Rebecca says:

    Molly, I am 53. I have been married and am now in a happy relationship. I have two adult children. I have spent much time with the children of family and friends. My partner has psychology qualifications and I have qualifications in human resource management – encompassing change management, educational development and methodologies, performance management and health and safety. I also have business management qualifications.

    So I know that a 7 year old does not have the capacity to be fully cogniscant of such matters, and a 12 year old not much more. Yes, the difference between a 20 year old and a 40 year old would be negligible. A 7 year old repeats the opinions and beliefs that they are exposed to. Why do you think the Hitler Youth had so little trouble recruiting 12-14 year olds?

    Let’s see what happens if when you are 19 or 21, you are studying, and you have a little accident.

    Comment posted August 18th, 2010 at 9:59 pm
  17. Molly says:

    Could that be construed as a threat Rebecca? 😀 But I know what you mean. Let me just say this, since most people I talk to about this subject assume the opposite: I am not an “innocent, sheltered little Catholic homeschool girl”. I have been to public school, I was not raised Catholic (I was Baptized Catholic but only started going to church of my own free will – that is, without my parents – around 13) and I am fully aware of my own capacity for making mistakes. When I was 13, new to the faith and incredibly idealistic I thought I would NEVER do anything beyond kissing before I was married. Well two years down the road I meet a guy I think I’m in love with and do just that and more. He wasn’t even my boyfriend. Why am I telling you this? Simply, like I said before, to inform you I’m well aware of my ability to make foolish mistakes and have to suffer the consequences, and what its like to have to take responsibility for these things. And I DID end up taking responsibility, even though the weight of that responsibility, I know, is far less than what a girl with an unplanned pregnancy would have to face.

    And I’m not denying that seven year olds aren’t incredibly impressionable or that they’ve reached full maturity mentally. But if you tell a 7 year old an outright lie which people like to do to either protect them or tease them, they’ll probably believe you (although most I’ve met wouldn’t at that age) but eventually as they grow older and gather more information they’ll recognize the lie. Being 12 only about 3 years ago, I believe 12 year olds are quite capable of having their own well thought out opinions. Also, people don’t truly reach full mental maturity until around 25 – so are you saying no one can have an opinion on anything until then? I’d say that’d get rid of most of both our side’s major supporters – it’s only the under 25 crowd who trully have the time and energy to devote to these things!

    Comment posted August 19th, 2010 at 8:45 am
  18. Molly says:

    Well, definitely not ONLY 🙂 (nod to John, Erik and the others) But a lot of people who were involved in their younger days no longer take the time, or as much time, when they are older.

    Comment posted August 19th, 2010 at 8:49 am