] He went up before a review board today, and read them a
] statement (linked below). After hearing the statement, the
] board then voted unanimously to make the expulsion permanent.
] I have my own thoughts on the efficacy of the statement, but
] I'll leave it to you to make up your own minds.
The last thing the school wants is someone who not only seeks to break their rules but does it in a way they don't understand. What he told them with this statement is yes, I broke your rules, no I don't respect you, and regardless of what you do to me I'm going to keep breaking your rules. He has made them fear him. So they kicked him out.
I don't really see him as being in the wrong in the grand scheme of things, but at a certain point, as a youth, you have to be willing to negotiate with the powerful idiots in your environment. It is easy to lie to them and tell them that you understand them and your sorry and you won't do it again. Getting up in front of them and reading a manifesto is asking for it. They haven't read the authors you are referencing and they don't understand what you're talking about. They see a kid that will never obey, and could be dangerous. Thats all they can see.
Of course, what I'm wondering is what happens now. Where are his parents, and what are his plans? My experience is that school districts become very accomidating when you haul them into court. The question is whether you have a strong arguement. Can the school expell students for minor infractions? No, its almost certainly illegal. You need only explain to the judge that the infractions where minor, and the expulsion was mostly due to the school district's miss understanding of computers. Incidentally, I would not get up in court and read them a screed about Noam Chomsky, (who, incidentally, is a radical socialist, not a libertarian). The point to make is I'm a good kid and they are simply stupid, and not I didn't really do anything wrong but some day I'm going to start a suicide bombing campaign in third period.
Another option, if you have it, is to get the press to report the details of your expulsion. Find leaders in your community who understand technology and can explain you to the school better then you can.
RE: Statement from Student Expelled for Recommending Web Proxy at School