Even at eleven years old, Daxx Dalton shares his father’s intense conservative views and displayed those views by wearing a tee-shirt to school that read “Obama is a terrorist’s best friend.” The fifth grader wore the tee-shirt on a day when the students at Aurora Frontier K-8 School were asked to wear red, white and blue to show their patriotism. The school suspended him for the infraction and created a first amendment controversy.
Daxx was given the choice of changing his shirt or turning it inside out — or be suspended. He took the last option.
Daxx’s dad, Dann Dalton (the Daltons appear to be known by the Ds and their double superfluous consonants), is highly political and conservative. He views the action was part of the liberal hegemony: “It’s the public school system. Let’s be honest, it’s full of liberal loons.”
To his credit, Daxx seems firm in his political views and rights: “They’re taking away my right of freedom of speech. If I have the right to wear this shirt I’m going to use it. And if the only way to use it is get suspended, then I’m going to get suspended.”
The decision to have the boy wear the tee-shirt on this day strikes me as a poor parental choice when the idea of the day was to show unity in the class. However, I am once again perplexed why having kids express political interests and views is a bad thing. The tee shirt is obviously juvenile and insulting. Yet, participating in the political system should be a goal of any school.