So you're a 13-year old junior high school kid, and another student tells a teacher you might have once had some illicit ibuprofen. We're not talking cocaine here--we're talking pain meds. How would you expect them to react?
In Savana Redding's case, the school strip searched her. Most kids probably would have complained to mom and dad, maybe even to the school district superintendent, and eventually let it go. Redding, represented by the ACLU, filed a lawsuit--and won.
Then there was Mary Beth Tinker, who--also 13 at the time--was suspended in 1965 for wearing a black armband to protest the Vietnam war. Represented by the ACLU, she also sued--and won. Both were landmark cases, establishing legal precedents protecting students' freedom of speech and protection from unreasonable searches while at school.
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Now age 19 and 57 years old, respectively, the two women are coming to the Valley to teach local high school kids how to influence policy and stand up for their rights. This Saturday, Tinker and Redding, will be leading a "teach-in" from 9am-12pm at Green, 2240 N. Scottsdale Rd.
The teach in is free and open to everyone, and will focus on "how students can influence public policy and advocate for their rights by accessing community resources and working with school officials, community leaders, and elected officials," according to a press release by the ACLU.
"A lot of times young people feel like they're invisible to adult decision-makers," said ACLU of Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler Meetze in a press release. "This event is intended to inspire students to speak up for issues they believe in and play a major role in achieving something positive for their schools and communities."