Allegations of punishment for saying Obama’s name

Published 3:36 pm Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating more than a dozen complaints of students allegedly disciplined or warned not to say President-elect Barack Obama’s name at school.

Mississippi ACLU director Nsombi Lambright said complaints to ACLU include allegations that a student in Calhoun County was paddled for uttering Obama’s name. An official in the school superintendent’s office said the district didn’t know anything about the alleged incident.

Another complaint in Pearl River County involved a suspension of a student, but Pearl River County Superintendent Dennis Penton said the incident involved a derogatory comment. Lincoln County Superintendent Terry Brister said an allegation that a student was put off a bus for mentioning the president-elect’s name is “a bold face lie.”

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