PITTSBURGH - A judge Tuesday refused to order a school district to let a high school senior back into class after he was transferred to an alternative school as punishment for parodying his principal on the Internet.
The American Civil Liberties Union had asked the court to issue a temporary restraining order that would allow Justin Layshock, 17, back into Hickory High School. Layshock had used his grandmother's computer and the Web site MySpace.com to create a phony profile under the principal's name and photo.
The ACLU is at it again. Why are they interfering in a simple matter of discipline in a local school district? There is no great constitutional crisis here. This is simply a matter of a student suffering the consequences of his actions. The parents believe the school's punishment is too harsh; "It seems to us that the school district is trying to crucify our son just to set an example. We regret that they have chosen this path." These are the kind of parents beloved by the ACLU and the bane of school districts nationwide. The district suspended Justin for 10 days and transferred him to an alternative program typically reserved for students with behavior or attendance problems. Somehow suspension translates to crucifixion in the outlandish fantasies of these clients of the ACLU.
The ACLU, which has sued the district on Layshock's behalf, had asked a judge Friday to issue the order preventing the school district from keeping Layshock out of school, preventing him from participating in activities and denying him full credit for his first semester classes. But Judge Terrence F. McVerry said he wasn't convinced that Layshock was being irreparably harmed by the school's punishment.
Good for Judge McVerry but, of course, not good enough for the ACLU.
Witold Walczak, Pennsylvania Legal Director of the ACLU, said he was disappointed with the decision. He said the ACLU was considering further legal action.
All this waste of taxpayer money to defend a guilty kid and appease his irresponsible parental units. Once again, the ACLU is on the wrong side of the issue.
Justin admitted setting up the site, in which he posted questions and answers purportedly from his principal that were peppered with vulgarities, fat jokes and, to the question "what did you do on your last birthday?" the response: "too drunk to remember."
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