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Friday, November 03, 2006

Cartman lives

Hey, it was a joke, right?



November 2, 2006 -- Flouting a possible suspension and the scorn of Jewish groups, a Brooklyn high-school student ejected from class for dressing as Adolf Hitler on Halloween donned the controversial getup again yesterday on campus.

A spokesman for the city Education Department said that Leon M. Goldstein HS will pursue disciplinary charges against 16-year-old Walter Petryk for insubordination, which could result in a 10-day suspension.

Under the department's disciplinary code, students may be suspended for "defying or disobeying the lawful authority of school personnel."

As The Post reported yesterday, Petryk admits repeatedly defying demands of school officials on Halloween to remove his Nazi attire. In doing so, he cited free-expression rights, and called the costume a parody.

The junior honors student dressed again as the fascist butcher outside the Sheepshead Bay school yesterday for a gaggle of reporters, and dismissed the prospect of suspension - as well as the ridicule of onlookers.

"I'm not worried about it that much," said Petryk, whose mother delivered the costume to him yesterday and stood by his side.

"I'm not a Nazi. It's a Halloween costume," he declared. "People have taken it too seriously . . . I'm not going to go around and kill Jews or anything."

At one point, the gathering was interrupted by area resident Michael Loweth, 50, who shouted at Petryk, "You're pathetic!"

If he had gotten his ass kicked, and walking around Brooklyn as a Nazi is a good way to do that, he would be screaming about being assaulted. This is a provocative act, and he should accept that he would be punished. Free speech comes with a price.

If he wants to express himself in such an aggressive way, he has to understand that it isn't a free shot. It's hurtful, it's offensive and in most countries, a crime. He's lucky that in the US, the worst that can happen is a suspension.

Not ever assinine idea is an advancement of free speech, and just because you can say something, doesn't mean it's the smartest thing to do so. If you're gonna make a stand, you should be proud of it. I don't think in a couple of years, he will be.

posted by Steve @ 12:33:00 AM

12:33:00 AM

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