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February 27, 2014

Down on city’s Main Street

NORMAN — The subject matter is controversial, but Norman High School students are getting quite the lesson in the First Amendment this week.

Anti-abortion protesters are standing on the public sidewalk adjacent to the school. They have signs and flyers with graphic images and are out to bring an anti-abortion message to high schools.

It’s been unsettlling for many students and parents. The school district has called for help with security and is encouraging lawmakers to consider buffer zone laws for schools, much like the restrictions enacted on protesters at military funerals.

A block east of the school grounds, also on Main Street, protesters have anti-war protests each week. Some of their signs ask passersby to honk for peace.

We want students to feel secure at school, but we’d also hope the schools would use the occasion to discuss the First Amendment and the various rights that many American take for granted.

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