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Schools shouldn't deny free speech or biological reality

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 5/26/2023 Tom Joyce
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A middle school student is taking action against his school district after it denied him his right to free speech.

Seventh grader Liam Morrison is suing Middleborough Public Schools in Massachusetts because Nichols Middle School sent him home for wearing a shirt that said, "There are only two genders."


While this may sound like satire, it's not.

The school district is wrong to deny Morrison his free speech, and it is absurd that anyone could find such an innocent statement offensive. Two genders exist, male and female, and 75% of Americans acknowledge this reality, according to a December 2021 Rasmussen poll.

Saying two genders exist is not a hateful statement. It acknowledges that male and female are the two genders. While a small fringe of the population identifies as genders other than male and female, they are either male or female, as determined by their chromosomes and genitalia. The fact that some people disagree with this does not change the biological reality.

Morrison has pointed out that Nichols Middle School has no issue with pride flags in school, which show support for transgenderism and ideologies that promote genders other than male and female. If people in a school can support the progressive view of gender, it seems fair that the school should also respect adherents to a more traditional approach. After all, Morrison did not show up to school wearing a profane shirt directing hate at any group of people.

However, given the push to teach woke gender ideology in schools, it is sadly not surprising that a school would restrict the speech of a student who wants to share even a mundane statement that goes against wokeism.

People will come across speech they dislike and disagree with in the world, so it is absurd for a school to shield them from something that is not offensive but tells the truth — even if the truth is uncomfortable for some people. The school is not protecting anyone from inappropriate rhetoric. It is complicit in spreading liberal messages while suppressing conservative or moderate ones.

Hopefully, sanity prevails in this case and the court sides with Morrison. If government entities, such as schools, can revoke people’s First Amendment right to say how many genders exist, that is a huge problem. Parents may want to consider alternatives to government-run schools if they want their children to learn the truth and not some progressive fantasy.


Tom Joyce (@TomJoyceSports) is a political reporter for the New Boston Post in Massachusetts.

Tags: Opinion, Beltway Confidential, Blog Contributors, LGBT, Public Schools, Free Speech, Opinion

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