School administrators were angry about this, saying that Mr. Dryden “mischaracterized” the survey. The superintendent said that the teacher’s comments gave students the impression that teachers and administrators were not there to help them. On the other hand, Dryden received great support from students and parents. Nearly 100 students attended a board meeting to support him. An online petition gathered 6,000 signatures. Nevertheless, the district issued Dryden a formal reprimand and docked him a day’s pay.
Eagle Forum has been opposing these nosy questionnaires for years, and some states have passed laws preventing them. I am really appalled that a school is so hostile to students’ and parents’ rights that a teacher can be punished for telling his students about his constitutional right not to incriminate himself. Criminals are given their rights not to respond to nosy questions about criminal actions. But if you are a student at Batavia High School, you are not supposed to hear about your constitutional rights.
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