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Could Students Protest Bush Appearance?

Jack Dale, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, the largest school district in the Washington area, participated in an online Q&A at the Washington Post. Below is one exchange. What does Detention for leaflets is not accurate mean? Is the superintendent saying it didn't happen or was accurate a poor word choice and did he mean it shouldn't have happened? Will the superintendent investigate?

Arlington: Yesterday President Bush was at Jeb Stuart High School and undoubtedly used the school and its student as a prop to drum up support for his policies. Yet students who wanted to protest in a peaceful, constructive manner were not permitted to do so. There even are reports that students who handed out leaflets were given in school detention. Is this accurate? Also, what is your view on allowing students to protest the presence of speakers and the educational aspect of such activity?

Jack Dale: Any student wishing to protest peacefully, in a non-disruptive manner may do so. We do not allow students to advocate disruptive interference of others. Detention for leaflets is not accurate


— Jack Dale, Fairfax superintendent
Washington Post
2005-01-13


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