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I voted no on the Empire poll Sunday. Joseph Frederick of the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case does not have the right to sue for damages. We, as taxpayers, pay for the schools and teachers and expect them to keep order and to teach our children. Even though this child was 18 and readily tossed that about, he was in fact a "student" under the rules of the school at the time of the banner; thus the teachers had control of him.
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And since pot is against the law, and I believe the only thing you would normally use a "bong" for would be to smoke the pot, then he is disregarding the law of this city and the school. We don't want to advertise pot on national television. And as a parent, if my kids were too sick to go to school, they weren't allowed to go anywhere that day.
So my question is, where were his parents in all of this? They could have and should have put a stop to this long ago. As parents with school kids, we have to take the responsibilty to be the leaders, not the friends.