It seems that in fly-over country, they haven't heard that its 'cool' to use the F-word. Anybody remember Veep Joe Biden during the President's announcement of 'Obamacare'? Or what about the recent fundraiser for the aforementioned President Obama, where the infamous Cee-Lo Green dropped the F-bomb to a hall full of campaign donors in Atlanta?
Many are arguing that a suspension would be more appropriate. Even the boy's mom says suspension is fine but expulsion is harsh. Personally, I don't think young Austin Carroll should be punished AT ALL. School administrators have more to do than enforce non-laws by someone who was exercising his 1st Amendment right of free speech, in a forum where such expression is encouraged, and in many cases beneficial for social discourse.
And the precedent, and example for the country at large has been set by our esteemed administration, in public, and has been deemed acceptable and a form of free speech.
Personally I don't like the use of the F-word, and I'm sure that foul mouths are uttering such on the boy's high school campus right in front of the school administrators without any repercussions.
I find it interesting that its the foreign press picking this story up and syndicating it. Looks like it broke on HuffPo on the 25th, which had this little nugget of information;
A bill that would allow schools to punish students for off-campus activities has advanced in the Indiana legislature, permitting schools to suspend or expel students for engaging in activities away from school and after hours that "may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function."Where are you, ACLU?