The Backpack That Caused A Ruckus
Fourth-grader Quentin Ferrer had this backpack, right? You’d like it, I’d like it – hell, it’s a rad backpack. But problem is, this backpack has the above graphic on it, and when you’re in fourth grade, it kind of draws attention to you.
So, read the link below for the blow-by-blow details of the story, but basically, the school told him he can’t have it. Quentin’s father disagrees and says the school district’s dress code is too vague, so how was anyone to know it’s inappropriate to have a woman with a loose bra strap on a fourth-grader’s backpack?
So the dad naturally took it there. He mentioned that he’s going to keep fighting to protect his son’s freedom of expression.
Look, game over, dad. You can’t evoke the phrase “freedom of expression” in a school for something like this. There’s no freedom in a school. I mean, there is, but there’s limits. I don’t know the legality of it all – especially the public-vs-private angle. But “Freedom of Expression” (capital letters) as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is meant to protect you from the government breaking up your Tea Party or Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. I mean, as far as I know. I have a degree in writing poetry, so don’t take my word for it; Article 19 of said Declaration states:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
So, with this kid’s backpack, what opinion, idea or information was he imparting to his students? That the chick is hot? That the snake is cool? That he likes graffiti/tattoo style art? Okay, I get it – you’re technically covered under this umbrella, but SRSLY. Do you really want to go to court and have to say this in front of a judge?
Anyway, Quentin, yes, the fourth-grader, bought two new backpacks because he didn’t want his dad getting in trouble over this issue. The kid’s smarter than the father. Sometimes you just shouldn’t fight over these things. If someone says “hey, there’s a chick’s boobs on your backpack, that’s inappropriate,” sometimes you just suck it up and get a new backpack. Amirite?
In other news, I want that backpack.