April 14, 2015

B.C. students disciplined for wearing anti-pot t-shirts

Rebel Staff

Where else but British Columbia? Three students were reportedly told to remove or cover up the anti-marijuana t-shirts they'd worn to school on Monday.

According to the Province, Connor Fesenmaier, 18, his twin brother Duncan and a friend -- all students at Princess Margaret Secondary School in Surrey -- "wore shirts featuring a crossed-out marijuana leaf to promote their opposition to the legalization and overall use of pot. The teens are involved in Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada, a non-profit group focused on the science of marijuana use."

Each was told by the vice-principal to "consider removing or covering up the shirts because the message could be confusing to the younger students."

Fesenmaier told the Province that “I have not had a single person misinterpret it yet. Either someone is giving me a hate stare, because they are against me supporting [the anti-legalization movement] or they pat me on the back. I’ve never seen anyone not know that the anti-symbol is.”

After the three declined to remove or cover up the shirts, they were allowed to return to classes unpunished.

“I see kids walking around the school with marijuana paraphernalia,” Fesenmaier told the Province.

“Shirts with marijuana leaves on them, backpacks with marijuana leaves on them, cellphone cases with marijuana leaves on them.

“And I’ve never seen those kids have their items confiscated or asked to remove or replace them with something else.”

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commented 2015-04-16 11:09:55 -0400
So much for freedom of expression! However, if the article is correct in stating that students wearing “pro” marijuana clothing are not being targeted, then something is seriously wrong with the educational system in British Columbia.
commented 2015-04-14 18:51:11 -0400
Terry, positively dripping, come toujours. (-: Slow news day?
commented 2015-04-14 18:47:16 -0400
Fraser – maybe the image therebel used is not from the t-shirts?
commented 2015-04-14 18:46:21 -0400
Fraser Faulkner – good point.
commented 2015-04-14 18:21:42 -0400
Thumbs up for the three chaps! Thumbs down – way down – for the VP!
commented 2015-04-14 17:08:09 -0400
How is this an “anti” marijuana logo? The leaf being in front of the bar seems to promote does it not?
commented 2015-04-14 15:08:22 -0400
Hats off to the three teens for their anti-pot stance. Shame on the vice-principal for tying to make them remove their shirts, sounds like doper tactics to me, perhaps the v-p needs a drug test.
My slogan is: “No Drug Users in Any Position of Trust”.
My message to the teens: Watch your back, the dopers aren’t going like what you say. I’ve learned the hard n painful way. Dont back down. JD
commented 2015-04-14 13:41:33 -0400
So – the kids were ASKED to “consider removing or covering up the shirts because the message could be confusing to the younger students.” They declined. And – nothing happened. I, for one, am grateful that the Rebel is covering this vital story, and I look forward to multiple updates.
commented 2015-04-14 13:30:06 -0400
The important message here is not about the pros and cons of marijuana, or not, the important message is manifest in the decision of the vice-principle at Princess Margaret Secondary School in Surrey – and the why of the decision – to tell a school child their t-shirt ‘message’ has to have acceptance of and be under the control of the school – or the state – like everything else!
Anti-Free speech programming and conditioning…good little robots…
There are court cases all over the US concerning the heavy-handed actions of school administrators ignoring or stomping on the 1st Amendment rights of school children – the 1st Amendment is winning – so far…
commented 2015-04-14 13:27:48 -0400
Robert Wheeler, I’m with you, very impressed with these three students.

Drug gangs operate in our schools so these three students put themselves in harm’s way with their politics of opposition.

The real reason they were told to hide is because administration wants to avoid trouble at all cost, even if it means appeasing organized crime in schools. Pathetic!
commented 2015-04-14 13:25:28 -0400
Sounds like the V.P. is a stoner.
commented 2015-04-14 13:10:56 -0400
A fine example of communist educators and a better example of students who don’t go quietly into the night.
commented 2015-04-14 13:05:40 -0400
Do they really think 14-year-olds don’t get it? This IS a secondary school? If this age group doesn’t get it, what makes administrators in Ontario think ELEMENTARY STUDENTS will get their sex ed programme?
commented 2015-04-14 12:48:37 -0400
If younger students are indeed becoming confused about the meaning of simple signage perhaps they should consider transferring to a school that will provide a more adequate level of education for them.
commented 2015-04-14 12:26:12 -0400
Wait till I crank out my anti Islam t shirts hats and hoodies
commented 2015-04-14 12:13:30 -0400
How could these t-shirts possibly confuse the younger students? Many kids do have the marijuana emblem on their clothing, phones, etc……..I’m sure THAT doesn’t confuse the younger students, so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to get what that emblem means with a huge red circle and line through it. You’d think the admins would be stoked that kids were actually doing this. Twilight zone………………
commented 2015-04-14 11:26:07 -0400
While I congratulate these three young people for standing by their principles and refusing to remove the T-shirts I am most impressed that they are against pot and are willing to stand up and say so.