Keeping Freedom of Speech during Virtual Classes

Keeping Freedom of Speech during Virtual Classes

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Kenton Vizdos started this petition to Henrico County Public Schools

WHY SIGN

By signing, you are showing your support that non disruptive protests should be allowed during virtual classes. 

Brief:

On November 4th, 2020, Principal Brian Fellows of Deep Run High School deemed a SILENT and NON DISRUPTIVE protest regarding social injustice was too “distracting” to be allowed in online school and kicked the student out of class, even though instruction was happening undisturbed for 50 minutes prior to the kick. 

Even though Amy Coney Barrett doesn’t know it, the 1st Amendment protects the right to protest, even during school. Therefore, the actions that Dr. Fellows took were a clear violation of student’s Constitutional rights to protest.

While it sounds like this may be an isolated incident, who knows how many other students haven't felt safe enough to voice their opinions. We as a community need to change and make everyone feel safe to voice their opinions. 

More info:

During the protest on November 4th, a student used a virtual webcam to stream a presentation regarding social injustice. According to the HCPS Student Code of Conduct and HCPS Virtual Learners Handbook, no rules were broken as it: wasn't a Teams Virtual Background, nor was it disruptive in any manner (especially considering students may disable incoming video streams by clicking "More" (or ... depending on the platform) --> "Disable incoming video."). Even though no rules were broken, Deep Run High School Principal Brian Fellows decided to revoke access to the live virtual class from the student, as well as stating that if they were to ever show the slides again that they would be subject to being kicked from virtual class again. 

A slideshow containing reasons why this form of protest is allowed can be found at http://protest-faqs.kvizdos.com, and the protest slides (with instructions on how to show them over your webcam) can be found here if you would like to participate: https://protest.kvizdos.com

 

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