Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Question for the legal eagles

Lately we've touched on the topic of whether school harassment is under a school's purview to be a punishable offense.

Over the past dozen years or so, courts seem to have crafted a new "right" out of whole cloth to protect school bullying. According to a few judges and right-wing legal foundations, no school should have the power to punish a serial harasser. Among other things, they consider this power outside a school's purview, even if the harassment happens at school.

Well, then how do they feel about the laws that are on the books in many states that allow high schools to arbitrarily yank the driver's licenses of students if they fail a class? Isn't that outside the schools' purview?

I detect the sound of a pin dropping.

If anything is outside the schools' little empire, it's that.

These laws have mollycoddled bullies. While students get their licenses revoked for failing a class, I don't know of a single state where they face any such penalty for harassing schoolmates.

What's more is that the laws that revoke licenses of failing students violate a 1974 federal law that bans disclosing school records.

How does the industry of rightist legal foundations feel about these laws? You can't very well support these laws when you don't even support letting real troublemakers face punishment for the things they do.

I'll take the imminent silence as a "no comment."