Student DJs Banned at an Arizona High School

Should school be a place where the young can learn and expand their knowledge of music? Well, a DJ & Hip-Hop club at a school in Mesa, AZ was recently given the boot.

Posted by Michael Bordash on Fri May 10, 2002

A group of Bboys, MC's, Graffers, and DJ's were told they could not perform on campus anymore at a school in Mesa Arizona. They were also stripped of their clubhood.

When asked why they were given the boot, states Junior Vice Principal Mrs. Williams, "They weren't benefiting the school at all." Other clubs in the school include a Drama Club, a Poetry Club, and a Chess Club. These clubs were untouched by the actions of the vice principal.

Stated Rhonn Carillo, a student and aspiring DJ at the school, "They don't like us [hiphop heads] at this school any way. The principal told me that 'mykind' was corrupting his school. I felt offended. Also shocked that a school official would tell a student that."

STUDENT RIGHTS IN U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The first amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to free expression and free association. These rights apply to students and adults alike. (Tinker v. Des Moines 1969)

Public school students can express their opinions orally and in writing as long as they do not disrupt classes or othe school activities.

School administrators can probably stop you from using language that they think is "vulgar or indecent," so watch out for the bad words.

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) describes the rights of public school students, click here to find out more about these rights and contact your local ACLU.

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