Peace Activists In School?

It is not unusual to see military recruiters in high school. Now you may see peace activists alongside them.

 

It is not unusual to see military recruiters in high school. Now you may see peace activists alongside them.

Attorneys representing Quaker peace activist Sally Ferrell, say her group has been granted equal access to North

Carolina high school students so she can counter the work of military recruiters.

For years, Ferrell has been asking permission to distribute information warning students to think twice before

joining the military. The Wilkes County School Board had denied her access, with the superintendent calling her activities unpatriotic.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the group North Carolina Peace Action, has now been granted the same opportunities as military recruiters. The ACLU argued it was a matter of free speech.

 What do you think? Should peace activists be permitted in high schools to counter what military recruiters are saying? If peace activist groups are allowed, shouldn't any group be permitted in the schools on the basis of free speech? What about the military recruiters? Should they not be allowed in schools? If they're not allowed, then what about college recruiters?

It seems in trying to remedy one situation...the decision may have actually opened up a whole new set of questions.

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