Thursday, March 30, 2006

Protesting and Children


"Oscar DeLeon, a parent of three children in the protest, left work to watch the march.

"I support them. They've got their rights," he said.

Alvin High School Principal Kevon Wells, who also watched the group, said the students will be treated as truants. Punishment can include after-school detention and being assigned to an alternative school campus, he said."

Students do have rights, including those listed in the Bill of Rights. So, yes, they do have the right to peacefully assemble and to petition the government for redress of their grievances.

However, rights have responsibilities. I wonder if the students are as aware of those as they are of their rights? And, are they aware that actions--even lawful, Constitutionally protected actions--have consequences?

Are their parents?

There is a reason why we, as adults, place limitations on some of the rights of our children.
Our children do not always recognize consequences or responsibilities. So we, as adults, must educate them. (At the Warren, we're currently educating DD#2 on the consequences of not doing homework--her responsibility. It is a difficult, tedious process. )

Will Mr. DeLeon accept the consequences of his children's actions--that they will serve detention because they were truant? Will Mr. DeLeon accept being docked for missing work because he chose to watch his children march? If he does, then his children will learn about their responsibilities as adults in a democratic republic and not merely their rights.

Will Principal Wells decide that the ad hoc civics lesson was more important than the children being in class? If he does, what will he do the next time?

(H/T: Michelle Malkin)