Freedom Of Speech, Beliefs, And The Right To Express Opinions At Henry M. Jackson High

Freedom Of Speech, Beliefs, And The Right To Express Opinions At Henry M. Jackson High

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Antoni Bras started this petition to Henry M. Jackson High School

In the past 3 months I (Antek Bras) have been called to the Jackson office about 5 times over various topics dealing with 2 particular GSA/LGBTQ+ students. These have include me being sent due to saying my beliefs on the topic, such as believing there are 2 genders. This morning (1-31-19) I was called in and was confronted about a situation where the same students had reported me claiming I said "wearing a gay pride flag is the equivalent of wearing a Nazi flag." To be extremely clear, I had never said this, and would not say something as disgusting as this. I was told that because of this false report I am causing "discriminatory harassment dealing with sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity". Because of this report I was informed I could be punished which would most likely include being either suspended or expelled from Jackson. Let me clearly state that I have my views and even if you do not agree with them, I respect your opinion and do not have any hatred or disrespect towards you as it is your belief. This is your belief and that should be valued and respected. I have multiple close friends that are part of the LGBTQ+ community and I have immense amounts of respect and love for them. I have absolutely nothing against anyone in this community, even if my views are different than theirs. When I was called in, an administrator compared me saying there are 2 genders to saying the N-word in a room full of black people. At this time he told me that me saying there are 2 genders is hate speech and that it is comparable to the Nazis in Charlottesville. I never say anything in hatred, I just expressed a personal belief. I never intended to offend anyone by saying this, and I believe it is an important discussion to have because it helps expand understanding from both sides. While I was having a respectful conversation with students from my class the 2 LGBTQ+ students overheard me and decided to report me out of hatred. I was told that if I had this discussion with a classmate while the 2 LGBTQ+ students were present in the room, the administration would claim I directed this at these 2 LGBTQ+ students. The same LGBTQ+ students that have been reporting have been spreading false information about me among students and have in turn caused a large out lash on me over things I had not said. I have talked with the GSA (gay straight alliance) club teacher administrator about this and was told that these students had been talking down on my name both inside the club, and outside the club. She also informed me that I had respectfully explained my views and had done nothing wrong. She also informed me that these students have been known to over-report the smallest situations that do not impact them. She has sided with me and also does not believe the injustice being done. These false reports would stay on my record for 6 years, which would effect my current ability to receive education, and would severely effect my ability to be able to get into colleges. After finding out the things that were being done to me over this false report, the students who falsely reported me smirked, and remarked they are glad this is happening. If this situation continues and goes through my future social and educational life are at stake. Jackson is currently investigating this, and their decision has remained unknown. I am petitioning to have my case dismissed, have Jackson give me a platform to speak, and to prevent situations like this from occurring in the future. It is time for change. It is time we stand up for our ability to have freedom of speech, beliefs, and expression without punishment. It is time for everyone to have their views protected.

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