ACLU of Georgia

Letter Urges Bartow County School System Superintendent and Cass High School Principal to Apologize for Forcing Student Participation in March 14 Walk Out

The ACLU of Georgia sent a letter to the Bartow County School System Superintendent and Cass High School Principal regarding a report that the school forced students to participate in the March 14 National School Walkout.

According to the report, the entire school was instructed to exit their classrooms and stay in the hallways for several minutes to observe a moment of silence. 

 

Over 75 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion.”

 

“Compulsory unification of opinion” is anathema to the First Amendment.

In its letter, the ACLU of Georgia stated, “It makes no difference that students were not technically required to utter specific words, because the ritual of walking out of the classroom to observe a moment of silence on March 14 was inextricably intertwined with a widely-known message.”