Aurora, Colo. (AP)- Students from an Aurora High School are
wrapping up a pair of peaceful protests this morning — one in
support of a teacher criticized for airing political views in
class, and another to back the 16–year–old student who brought
attention to those remarks. Overland High School sophomore Sean Allen says he's taking the day off school today, due to the negative feedback he's received since going public — and the administrative leave issued to his geography teacher, Jay Bennish. But at the school, dozens of students of both sides of the matter lined a sidewalk to express their views. Cherry Creek school district spokeswoman Tustin Amole says students are learning a lot about freedom of expression, and that the teacher's leave was not a disciplinary move.
Allen says he tapes lecture notes for all of his classes, and was not targeting the teacher. Allen says he came forward because
he believed it was the right thing to do. The recording reveals Bennish criticizing President Bush, capitalism and u–s foreign policy. Bennish also made reference to what he called similarities between Bush's State Of The Union remarks and — quote — ``things that Adolf Hitler used to say.''