Free Speech At School? Yeah Right

On Friday I woke up in the morning and remembered that it was the Day Of Silence at my school. It’s basically a fruity little event where people put on ribbons/cards and don’t speak for the entire school day, as a way of _supporting_ gay rights. Like shutting up for a whole fucking eight hours is going to accomplish anything. So there I am, laying in my bed thinking about how I can be an asshole on that day, because I’m opposed to the whole gay rights issue…

Then I get an idea, _why not make a sign and paste it on my t-shirt?_ But not just _any_ sign, an offensive one, one that will instantly earn me some hatred. Sounds like a dumb idea, right? Well I only have two months left in my school and I don’t get along well with ultra-liberals anyway, so I decided to go through with it. It was more of an experiment than anything, *I wanted to see how many people I could piss off in a short period of time*.

So I print out a nice little sign in the morning, in 72-point Helvetica Neue Bold. The sign said “Your Day Of Silence Can Suck My _ _ _ _.” I intentionally left four blank spaces so that nobody could say I’m being vulgar. Plus it’s more fun when people fill in the blanks on their own. I put the sign on at the beginning of 4th period, after my gym class. I walk around and I get quite a few comments from passing students. Most of them are positive, and I got a few high fives. Not exactly expected, but nice. Somebody actually wanted to buy my shirt, too. Deciding to be an epic asshole, I park myself right outside the room where the Day Of Silence meeting was held, with all of the hardcore believers preaching about it. Now I did this for two reasons. Firstly, I love seeing gay rights activists get offended. Secondly, my girlfriend had to go to that meeting for one of her classes, so I decided to meet her there. It was like killing two birds with one stone.

When the meeting let out, I got quite a few angry looks, which meant that it was working. Then I got a few more compliments and such, and I thought to myself _well this is completely unexpected, but I don’t mind all the attention_. At that point, passing between classes stops and I sit down in the hallway to play my guitar during my free period. About twenty minutes into that period, my English teacher pulls me into her office and tells me to take the sign off. Apparently quite a few people called the deans about my sign, and the deans were after me. I initially refused to remove it because I wasn’t done having my fun, but the possibility of suspension made me reluctantly remove it. Yeah I love free speech and expression, but I only have two months of high school left and I didn’t want to tarnish my mostly good record. The deans came about two minutes later, looking for me. In the course of ten minutes, two deans and the principal came looking for me by the place that people reported me at.

Looking back, it was a good day for me. I got to put my opinion out and not get in any trouble at all. Plus since people called the deans, I must have really pissed them off, so that meant my little experiment was quite successful. Of course I could argue that I had the 1st amendment backing me, but in school things are a little different. My sign wasn’t totally vulgar either, so that couldn’t be the reason. The main reason was most likely that my high school has a *very* liberal slant. Eight out of ten students in my school have liberal views, with the ratio even higher amongst staff.

Do I regret doing this? Hell no, it was fun. Do I feel bad about it? Not at all. *If I had another opportunity, would I do it again? Fuck yeah*.

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  • Rocco #2

    Amen to that.

  • Alec

    Dude, guitar’s and free periods….I want that school.

  • Paul D’Amora

    I did something like that in 8th grade. My school was broken up in to teams, by colors. So there was a Yellow, Blue, Green, and Red team. Only Green had to do this whole thing. Basically we couldn’t say one word all day long, but the rest of the school could. Our motivation, was that if we were caught talking, and ‘X’ would go on the card around our neck, and if we had too many ‘X’s then we got a 0 test grade in our English class.

    Our day of silence was actually in remembrance of the Holocaust, which was kind of stupid since the Holocaust is over, and not talking for an entire day isn’t going to help shit. But anyway, all the other kids were asses and tried to make us talk and whatnot.

  • Alex Rogahn

    Well, it sounds pretty amusing I have to admit, but I hope it’s not actually targeted towards gays as a form of disrespect or anything, homophobia is a little outdated like your books and CDs ;)

  • Dan

    @Paul: Exactly, a day does absolutely nothing. In fact it actually helps us homophobes, because we can toss insults all day and the silent “supporters” can’t do much more than flip me off.

    @Alex: When it comes to technology, I’m pretty up to date, but when it comes to views on equality and gay marriage, I’m a straight-up Republican.

  • Paul D’Amora

    @Dan I’m not a homophobe, for the record.

  • Alex Rogahn

    @Dan What’s the reason behind a dislike to gays :S Seems a little pointless and narrow minded, especially since you’re not religious or anything.

  • Dan

    Eh I just don’t like them. It’s one of those things you just can’t explain, much like why some people like one color and not the other. I don’t go out stabbing them or anything, so no harm in having my own opinion, even if it is different from most other people’s opinions.

  • Alex Rogahn

    Heh, fair enough, each to their own. I just take a middle ground which is love who you want, but I don’t care about rights and whatever much…