March 31, 2011
Fri Apr 01, 2011, 05:08 PM EDT
“Rights Matter, Be Civil” is the theme of the Andover High School Student Government Associatio’s annual Civil Rights Day, scheduled for next Thursday, April 7, during the school day.
AHS SGA has planned a whole day of presentations about civil rights and bullying, in the Collins Center, according to a release. During block one, AHS’s Improv Theatre class will perform skits relating to these two main ideas of the day. There will be time allotted for the audience to express their thoughts and react to the presentation.
During block two, Jeff Pyle will visit the students. He and his brother, Jonathon Pyle, were sent home for wearing “Coed Naked” and other T-shirts that schools officials deemed to be “vulgar.” They filed a lawsuit against their school’s dress code in 1993 for censoring students’ freedom of speech. He will talk about his experience and civil rights in general. During block three, the Debate Club, lead by teacher Rob Michaud, will run three debates about the First Amendment, which says we have the freedom of religion, speech and press, and the right to petition and assembly. During block four, a speaker from the Anti-Defamation League will speak to students about their civil rights and the issue of bullying.
Chaitanya Sambangi, a member of the Andover High School Student Government Association who lives on Patriot Drive, said in a release that the event “will be a great way for students to understand their rights. It will also be a good opportunity for the students to hear about the issue of bullying from a civil rights perspective.”