The Results of Student Censorship

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The students of this country are expected to follow the rules and regulations that their schools impose, and whether or not they are fair is constantly challenged. In a perfect world, everyone would be content under the same guidelines, regardless of how restrictive they may be. However, this is not a perfect world and finding a universal agreement among everyone is virtually impossible. Throughout history, those who have disagreed with actions made by authoritative figures have found a way to protest said actions. From the Cambodian protests in Kent State to the Tiananmen Square protests, students have been very vocal about what they are against and refuse to be censored by their schools or their government. Attempting to do so, however, could lead to retribution from authorities. Censoring students and their voices affects the students by almost trying to instill fear and demoting contest from them can result in various scenarios, both good and bad. Violence is never the answer, but there have been more than a few occasions where violence was the chosen path from a group trying to suppress students. One of the most infamous cases of violence against protesting students is the Kent State Massacre. On May 4, 1970 students of Ohio’s Kent State University had a demonstration against then-President Ronald Reagan’s decision to invade Cambodia during the Vietnam War. In an attempt to shut this demonstration down, The Ohio National Guard was called in. What followed is

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