The Missouri chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Kansas City School District on behalf of a student after administrators disciplined at least a dozen pupils for protesting a speech given by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
Nixon appeared at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy back on November 20, when he addressed students and awarded the school with a Blue Ribbon award for being one of the country’s best. During his speech, however, 12-14 students stood and put their hands in the air – referencing the “Hands up, don’t shoot” phrase that has become a rallying cry for police reform advocates in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death.
Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed African-American, was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. His death – and a subsequent grand jury decision not to indict the officer – sparked massive protests in Missouri, as well as around the United States.