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Sarah Wunsch, Staff AttorneyACLU Foundation f Massachusetts211 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts 2110Phone: 617-482-3170. xt. 323 Fax: 617-451-0009emai : swu nsch@acl m.orgliebruary 10. 2014
I}Y }JMAII,Mr. Scott Iolcomb, Principal SI olcombfrD,Naschools.nctMs. Lee Annc 'odd" Asst. Principal I.A'l'odd(r)naschools.nclNorth Attlcborough ligh SchoolI Wilson W. Whitty WayNorth Attlcboroush. MA 02760Rc: Nick IlarbicriDcar Mr. Ilolcomb and Ms. l'odd:I am writing on bchalf of Nick llarbicri. an 1 B ycar old scnior t your school. Youradrninistration as disciplincd ick for posting twcct. ronr outsidc 1'school. hal c-twectcd nc'rticc f schooi anccllation long with thc addition f a ine o1- ommcnl outaining nccrplctivc n common sagc. lccausc ick's spcech as cxprcssion rotcctcd y thc ItirstAmcndmcnt o thc j.S. Constitution s wcll as by thc Massachusctts tuclcnt rrccdottr flixpression ct. G.t.. c.lI,S\ 82, am askingthatyor-rrcscindthc lisciplinc. clnovc t fiontNick's ccord. nd cnsurc hat school mployccs ndcrstand hc mportaut icc spccch rinciplcsthat you arc chargcd with teaching tudcnts bout by word and decd.'l'hc facts as undcrstand hem arc as bllows. Ms. l'odd callcd Nick at homc on Ircbruary5. 2014 and dcmandcd hat hc rcmovc a tweet rom his trvittcr si1c. l'hc off-cnding w-cct was arctwect o1 a school wcct annolurcing no school omorrow scc you in .lunc ". although withthe addition f thc inc "liuck olf liscniorsl/nomakeupl/chirpchirp." ick imurcdiatcly crnovcdthe ol nding wect. although c bclicved hat Ms.'l'odd's demar-rd iolatcd his right o liccdornof spccch.Whcn hc rcturncd o school on Iicbru ry 7 ^ Nick w'as nllcd out o1'class hrcc in-rcs hatday br discussions bout hc twcct and his punishment. Ic was givctt at oudltct cf'crralcl-rarging inr with "lnappro lang/comlncllt" ith thc ocation l-thc ncidcnt cscribcd s"Outsidc". l'hc dcscription f thc ollcnding onduct was Nick twcctcd r4\orthlligltl "lrr-rck
Ms.'l'odd nlirrmcdNick hat hc could cccive llvc day out-o1--schclol uspcnsion l-hcdid not cooperatc nd shc also ccluircd im to dclctc hrcc othcr wccts hat containcd oprofanity ut only mcnlioncd hc school's csporlse o his lvcct. In thc cnd. Nick r,vas ivcn wothrce-hour elenlions o bc scrvcd'l'r-rcsday nd'l'hursda,v ltcr school his wcck. lc was pr-rllcdout of class or a lburth ime today or a further discussion f this mattcr atrd qucstioncd boutthc possible nvolvcmcnt l'thc ACLIJ o1-Massachusctts n his behall.