Krystal Myers of Lenoir City High School, near Knoxville Tennessee, is the editor of her school paper as well as captain of the swim team and an honors student. With those attributes, you would think she would be the type of student teachers and administrators would love to have at their school. But, Krystal is not so popular after she tried to print an editorial in the school paper called “No Rights: The Life of an Atheist.” School authorities decided to not let her publish the editorial, saying it would be disruptive to the school.
Why would it be disruptive? Because it listed events occurring at the school that violates the separation of church and state and the rights of non Christian students. By complaining of her rights as an atheist being violated, she garnered the attention of the administration which further violated her rights by banning her editorial. It is obvious that the school authorities did not want their violations of the First Amendment to be known.
What the school authorities forgot was that this is not the 1960’s where a student really didn’t have an alternative method to broadcast her message effectively. Instead, this is the age of social media where banned editorials can circle the globe in a matter of seconds. By their actions, the school authorities did not prevent a disruption, they just made sure the world will know about it.
In support of Krystal’s right to free speech, I am happy to provide a link to the banned editorial for all to read.