Is it legal to give a student a demerit on their permanent school record

Asked on Feb 09th, 2017 on Education Law - New Jersey
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My daughter and another student were talking about "Our New President" whenever a few Specific teachers hear the name "Trump" they say to my child do not say that here . You will offend someone . They also have made it a point to talk badly about our current president making remarks about his past and him being a woman hater accusing him of assault. Claiming they are worried about offending other students by speaking about the good things our new president will do I am now offended by how they are teaching students to have no respect for our Country's Choice of President. I feel that we always talked about who our leaders are and what each party D or R or even L stands for and how they each play a role in American society. This hate for our president just because these few teachers are scared they may have to actually teach to get paid is inappropriate and they are challenging my child's freedom of speach taking away her right to be a Proud American under the New Trump Administratio
Answered on Feb 11th, 2017 at 5:35 AM
This is not the first time I have heard this type of complaint.  This is an issue that needs to be addressed by your school's administration.  Who voted for who is no longer relevant.  If someone dislikes the president, they can do what ever legal protesting they want to do, but cannot punish a child for expressing an opinion different than the one they have.  You should either speak to the school administration or go to a school board meeting to ask that teachers speak their minds, but allow others to do so as well.  
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