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Katie Sierra was suspended for wearing anti-war T-shirts in high school and trying to organize an anarchist club to protest the war.
Katie Sierra was suspended for wearing anti-war T-shirts in high school and trying to organize an anarchist club to protest the war. We are "free" to express any and all opinions as long as they support the government's agenda. Parts of a local newspaper article are below followed by an interview with Katie by www.infoshop.org. Gavin







Student can't wear anti-war clothing to Sissonville High


By Eric Eyre


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"Students at Sissonville High School no longer feel safe," said school system attorney Jim Withrow. "Without question, it has disrupted the educational process."





Gavin.

Contrary opinions are a threat to other pupils.





Sierra's attorney blamed Mann for the turmoil at Sissonville, saying he overreacted and "took those bellows and flamed the fires."





"He wanted her shirts out of there," Forman said. "He wants her opinions out of there. If truth be known, he probably wants her out of there."



End article quote.







First they came for the Jews

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists

and I did not speak out

because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me

and there was no one left

to speak out for me.




Pastor Martin Niemöller





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KATIE SIERRA


www.infoshop.org Click Here







Katie Sierra is a 15-year-old anarchist who lives in

Sissonville, West Virginia. She recently made

international news after her high school suspended her

for wearing a t-shirt critical of the war in

Afghanistan, as well as for her efforts in organizing

a student anarchy club at the school. Her legal

protest of the school's decision was turned down by

the courts. There is an international effort to

support her and her fight against the school.





Infoshop.org: Can you tell us a little bit about

yourself?





Katie Sierra: Let's see..my name is Katie. I am a

former student from Sissonville High School. I'm a

15-year-old 10th grader. In my spare time I go to

shows, read, and write poetry.





Infoshop: Why did you get suspended from your high

school?





KS: I was suspended for wearing a t-shirt that spoke

of political views. Also, for having possession of the

flyers in my purse.





Infoshop: What did your T-shirt say?





KS: Well, there's more than one. The one I got

suspended for said "Racism, Sexism, Homophobia..I'm so

proud of the people in the land of the so called

"Free". Then the next week after my principal allowed

me to wear them again...and then made me take it off

again said "When I saw the dead and dying Afghani

children on TV, I felt a newly recovered sense of

national security. God Bless America."





Infoshop: What happened in court?





KS: Besides staring at Mr. Mann's strange comb-over

and missing thumb lol. I didn't win. I don't really

know why. At least everything I said was factual, but

everything Mann said was opinion or hearsay.





Infoshop: Are you appealing the judge's decision?



KS: Yes, we'll be going to court uhhh...Jan. 25. State

Supreme turned it down...but I'm not giving up!





How do you feel about the authorities telling you that

you have no rights?





KS: It makes me feel like total crap. I mean I think

it's crazy. Everyone else in that school can say how

they feel towards certain things, unless you have

something no one agrees with. I just don't think that

is fair. If I could go back to school for a day. I

think I'd probably. wear duck tape over my mouth with

"I have no rights" printed on the front. lol I think

that might be quite humorous.





Why did you decide to start an anarchy club? Are other

students interested in joining it?





KS: I think we were pretty much a group already. I

mean I know we were a group. At the time we didn't

have a name. And there isn't anything for us to join

at SHS. So I was thinking since we are all interesting

in Anarchy and whatnot things it would be a good idea.

I read about it on Infoshop...that's how the idea

popped into my head. Yeah, there was about 15-20

people who wanted to join.





If your club existed, what kind of projects would the

club be working on?





KS: It was mostly for us to learn and discuss things.

We had somewhat started a zine--it isn't really

finished. We were going to work in some soup kitchens

on the weekend. Just a lot of different things. Have

people come speak. Possibly a Food not Bombs group.





Tell us about the zine you were working on?





KS: It was going to be called the Anny. There was four

of us working on it. We were only going to print no

more than 30 copies of it. Honestly, we didn't want

anyone besides people in our uhh "freak/punk" to know

about it. It was going to be about things that happen

in our school, city, state, country, world...blah blah

blah and how we felt. The 1st copy was never finished

so I'm sure there would have been more.





When and how did you first become interested in

radical politics?





KS: I don't really know. I mean I think I've always

been pretty interested. It might have been my friends.

Most of them are older than me and I guess I just

learned a lot from them.





What's your opinion on the current war?





KS: As like any war I think it's wrong. I don't

believe in fighting and last time I checked war is

included. I don't know or have an answer for the war,

but I do know that killing people is not right. I

think our country is just to lazy to think of another

solution.



What kinds of things are your classmates saying about

the war?





KS: See they don't even know what their talking about

most of the time. Most of the things they say are just

cruel about how they want to kill out the whole

country. And how they are supporters of bombing. How

they should stop sending food packets out there.





Now that your mother has pulled you out of school,

what kind of things are you studying at home?



KS: History, English, Career, and Science. It's quite

funny to now know and realize how much bull crap

they're feeding you in schools lol.





What lessons have you learned from this, that you'd

like to share with teenagers in similar situations?





KS: I've learned that this country is crap...actually

I already knew that. I've learned that school systems

are crap. Wait! I knew that too. I guess I've learned

that this country and school systems are more crappy

than ever and they suck. I guess I've also learned not

to give up. And to stand up for what you believe in no

matter what it is. It's okay to think differently, its

normal. Don't let anyone run over you because of your

beliefs.

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