For students, cost of protest can be high

Christian Science Monitor

06/19/06

Jennifer Avilez says her parents, both from Mexico, worked hard their whole lives to get her into a good school. So when she walked out of that school in late March to protest an immigration bill passed by the House, she did it for all those who hadn't achieved as much. 'Other people need to have the same chance as they did,' she says. 'This country was started by immigrants, after all.' But her protest came to a halt when she was arrested and accused of criminal behavior by the local police. The case against Jennifer, a student who takes AP courses at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, Texas, is one of hundreds like it that pit students' free-speech rights against local rules against truancy...

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