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Newton Student Punished for Pro-Democracy Writings at Chinese School

Henry DeGroot said he wrote the messages in the notebook of a Chinese student at a school near Beijing, the Boston Globe reported.

The Chinese flag. Credit: Raymond Cunningham via Flickr
The Chinese flag. Credit: Raymond Cunningham via Flickr

A Newton North High School senior was banned from prom after he wrote pro-democracy messages while on a study abroad trip.

Henry DeGroot said he wrote the messages in the notebook of a Chinese student at a school near Beijing, the Boston Globe reported.

DeGroot said he wrote the following messages:

  • "Democracy is for cool kids"
  • "Don’t believe the lies your school and government tell you"
  • "It’s right to rebel”
School officials said he violated school policy by embarrassing the Chinese school. DeGroot disagrees with the punishment because he believes what he wrote should be considered free speech.

Read the Boston Globe report

Should the student have been punished? Share your opinion in the comments.
JohnnyMass June 08, 2014 at 10:38 PM
Leave it to Newton liberals to suck up to the Red Chinese. We shouldn't even be dealing with these bastards. Ongoing human rights violations, theft of United States technology, espionage against us, and selling us their cheap crap that breaks down or makes us sick are just a few of the wonderful benefits of having China as our "friend". Stand tall, Henry, you did the right thing! Too bad that your school administrators don't have one-tenth of the fortitude which you have demonstrated. But then again, neither does your president.

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