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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  • by Ron Location: NC on Aug 17, 2009 at 10:43 PM
    Peace activist are not in our schools to help protect our people and country. I would vote against them being there and vote for our recruiters to continue past does give our kids other options and we all need to serve our country in some productive way. I would also vote to ban the aclu all together.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 14, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    The military recruiters are there with job opportunities, and the chance to serve your nation. I doubt there is anyone who doesn’t know what the military is all about. All of us have either served ourselves or know someone who has. No one is going into the military uniformed as to what will be expected of them. In my opinion there is no difference having a military recruiter on school grounds as any other employer offering opportunities to young people. There is a world of difference between what they are doing and the goal of The American Civil Liberties Union and the group North Carolina Peace Action. These “Peaceniks” are offering nothing, their soul purpose is to dissuade anyone interested in military service and to advance their liberal political agenda. I suppose the ACLU’s next lawsuit will be brought to allow the Jihad-ist equal access to recruit in America’s high schools along side the US Military in an effort to “be fair”.

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