Highschool Student Suspended For Wearing A Korn T-Shirt
Student and Korn fight back
Eric VanHoven, a student from Zeeland Highschool was suspended from school for wearing a Korn t-shirt that simply bore the band's name on it. Assistant principal, Gretchen Plewes banned Korn merchandise from the school and contends she was within her rights to do so, because it implies obscenity and as she put it to the Holland Sentinal, a local news paper, "Korn is indecent, vulgar, obscene, and intends to be insulting. It is no different than a person wearing a middle finger on their shirt." The student and others including Korn are fighting back, saying the ban isn't right and against the Constitution's First Amendment. An attorney from the West Michigan area has agreed to take VanHoven's case without charge and Korn is considering a lawsuit of their own.
The suspension came when Gretchen Plewes decided to look up Korn and Marilyn Manson on the internet after being asked her opinion of them by a school media group. She deamed the bands' lyrics offensive and said they had no part being in school. She banned mechandise from the two bands which later came to include Tool as well. VanHoven had been asked two weeks earlier not to wear the shirt anymore and refused to take it off when told to by the assistant principal, resulting in the suspention of the student. Other students were suspended or sent home for wearing the shirts, and one student was even sent home for taking a plain white t-shirt and writing the word "Corn" on it. Others were warned when they wrote Korn on their hands.
The students started a petition that has racked up over 400 names of students and many parents, but that doesn't seem to be enough. The school board held a meeting yesterday to discuss the issue and make an official judgement, they sided with the assistant principal and will uphold the ban. That is, at least until the lawsuit of VanHoven has been decided.
We talked with senior, Pat Grieves a student at Zeeland Highschool, about the incident and this is what he had to say. "Nobody had a problem with the shirts before this happened and many still don't. I wore shirts like that all through highschool, I used to wear a Danzig shirt with a demon on the front slitting some guy's neck and nobody said anything."
Attorney Jerry Love who will represent Van Hoven in the case told the the Holland Sentinal that he hopes to teach Zeeland Highschool officials a basic lesson in the First Amendment rights. Van Hoven was expressing an artistic preference by wearing the t-shirt, a right protected by the Constitution. Love also added, "Eric did not promulgate, promote, or publish the lyrics, so it's unimportant what the lyrics are. Love said he will seek compensation for emotional distress and for the student's time away from school in addition to legal fees. He will also ask the school to create a new discipline policy that is "even-handed and allows for freedom of expression."
Korn isn't just sitting by and watching. In a press release the band issued a cease and disist order against the school district, the highschool, and the assistant principal, Gretchen Plewes for deflamatory comments they made about the band and infringing on their civil liberties. The band and their management especially take offence to the comments said by Gretchen Plewes in the Holland Sentinal and are considering to file a multi million dollar lawsuit against the school district, the highschool, and the assistant principal.
In the press release, drummer David Silveria asked, "where does an assistant principal get the right to preach her own morals and actually suspend a student?" The band goes on to mention about the various charities and organizations they work with and support, including thier extensive work with child abuse.
Local radio station, WKLQ has not been shy about their feelings about the subject. It was said on the air that the station is a avid supporter of civil rights and are against the ban that the school has implemented. WKLQ will be at Zeeland Highschool on Thursday at 2:30pm giving away Korn shirts.
Read Korn's Press Release
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