Savannah Abshire | Sports Editor On Feb. 11, 2020, four high school students from Saline High School in Detroit, Mich. filed a lawsuit against their own school district for taking disciplinary action against them after the students had been involved in a group chat on Snapchat where racist comments and slurs were being sent back and forth. The students filed the lawsuit with David A. Kallman who claimed that … Continue reading As a Student, Is Your Social Media Activity Protected by the First Amendment?
Elshadai Aberra | Managing Editor Every American citizen possesses the freedom of speech, at least, to a certain extent. When it comes to personal, political, or religious views, teachers do not possess complete freedom of speech in the classroom. Not only because of their part in educating students, but because of their position in our state government. However, teachers’ freedom of speech is not 100 percent … Continue reading Teachers & Speech: How Limited Are They?
Joseph Souza | Features Editor It’s first period Etymology for senior, then junior, Connor O’Neill as he receives a yellow slip calling him down to the guidance office, immediately. He’s elated. “I was really excited to get the opportunity to express my views and discuss the issue,” he said. “I kind of figured what I was saying was gonna come back to get me.” O’Neill has … Continue reading Student Speech: Where Does Avon Draw The Line?
Kaitlyn Mason | Web Managing Editor Can you sit during the Pledge of Allegiance? Every morning, Student Government President Sophia Trinkle says the Pledge of Allegiance to start off the school day. While it’s been embedded into our head since the days of kindergarten, students do not have to join and salute the flag. In fact, it’s their constitutional right to stay seated, according to the 1943 decision … Continue reading Protesting: What Students Can and Can’t Do at AHS
Nathan Miller | Editor-in-Chief This article has been banned because it’s not age-appropriate. A joke here, but very serious for some books in high school libraries. The American Library Association keeps a list of the most frequently challenged and banned books in high school libraries: “Harry Potter,” “Looking for Alaska,” and “Thirteen Reasons Why” have topped the charts in years passed. In the 1982 Supreme Court case … Continue reading Does Avon Ban Books?
Infographic and Illustrations by Nathan Miller. Continue reading Do You Know Your First-Amendment Rights? (Infographic)
Letter From the Editor-in-Chief, Nathan Miller To the reader: Welcome to The Echo’s special edition, freedom of speech coverage. As stated in our policies, The Echo does not condone censorship. Freedom of speech and of the press are two civil liberties our staff value greatly, and in keeping with our goal of informing the student body, the editorial board has created content related to the … Continue reading Letter From the Editor-in-Chief, Special Edition Freedom of Speech Coverage