Does the First Amendment only apply for student walkouts if the issue is gun control ?

School walkouts divide some Delaware schools, unite others , The News Journal Published 12:49 p.m. ET March 14, 2018 | Updated 8:51 a.m. ET March 15, 2018

While many of the students who walked out of Delaware schools to protest gun violence Wednesday felt supported by school administrators, others felt their First Amendment rights were squelched and that school officials were effectively silencing them by threatening to punish them for participating. 

What students did yesterday was great and I am so relieved there were no incidents of violence. We can’t fault those school districts who put safety first.

As for the First Amendment issues as it relates to K-12 students. Do they have all rights associated with the First Amendments as adults? Can they walkout of class over every issue even displeasure towards uniforms, standardized testing, quality of food being served in the cafeteria?  I say, I don’t think so while they are in school. 


2 responses to “Does the First Amendment only apply for student walkouts if the issue is gun control ?

  1. Steven Fackenthall

    They certainly could, but I think our students recognize an issue that is above the rest v. ones they may find “displeasure” with.

    While I understand your point, I think it’s comparisons like that trivialize the issue at hand and unfortunately, legislators from all across the county have been doing it ever since. Solidarity with victims of gun violence and solidarity for gun reform is a bit different then wanting less homework, or not wear uniforms.


    • kilroysdelaware

      The issue at hand is the 2nd Amendment and teaching children it applies to them even in the structure of public schools.As far as uniforms, it does infringe of freedom of expression and individuality. Then there is all the political fueled standardize testing. We cant’ selectively pick and choose what issues school administration should take action if student decide to walkout on if we truly support their right to the 2nd amendment.