At Normandy Middle School one Friday earlier this month, more than 120 seventh- and eighth-grade students refused to go to class during third period. Instead, they calmly formed a line and headed straight for the administrative offices, where they sat down, chanting and carrying signs with slogans along the lines of "Don't fire. Rehire." Teachers were told to order the kids back to class, but the students refused. "Everyone was crying and holding hands," one boy recalled. An assistant principal unsuccessfully tried to break up the demonstration. Even the Normandy School District superintendent was called to the building; the children told him they were exercising their First Amendment rights. He told them to return to class.... More >>>