Jewish Journal


June 4, 2008

School allegedly threatened boy wearing pro-life shirts


When I was at UCLA, students were constantly bombarded by activists and evangelists on Bruin Walk. I remember only one. It was an anti-abortion organization that showed up with the most disturbing supersized posters I had ever seen: the explicit images of blotted-out babies. I can still see the fractured fetus photographed beside a thumb, implying the digit had snuffed it out.

The posters, which made a lot of kids uncomfortable, raised an important question about free speech on campus. UCLA, to its credit and many students’ horror, let the protesters remain.

A slightly different scenario is playing out now in Minnesota, where a 12-year-old boy filed suit against his school for allegedly harassing him because of the pro-life t-shirts he chose to wear.

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