Kudos to these HS students.
What strikes me most about this article is how little some things change. In '69 fourteen of the best and brightest at our local indoctrination camp (HS) decided we would print our own “newspaper” because the one produced by the communications class for our school was such a rag of blind conformity and athlete hero worship. We were very careful not to write or print anything that was too political or controversial, just some harmless (and very bad) poetry, some line drawings and some jokes. But then we made our big mistake, or so it was trumped up by the school administration - we passed that rag out in the halls between classes.
The Speak Easy (my suggestion) became a flash-point in that “trouble comin’ every day” that Zappa sang about. The school expelled all 14 of us for two weeks. It made the newspaper 30 miles south of here, and un-named sources accused us of being communists or socialists. At the time I didn’t know socialism from Shinola, but I sure got and education in the true color of American life.
The point being that our masters will always lie about why they are punishing us, and resort to a technicality as justification for the thumbscrews and iron maidens.