Сергій Кабуд ( Кий ) (xyu) wrote,
Сергій Кабуд ( Кий )

a teenager was arrested for farting in the classrom

only in America)))

Is There A First Amendment Right To Fart?

Posted on Friday, 20 of March , 2009 at 9:06 am

LAKELAND, FLA—The Florida fart police are at it again.


They certainly don’t endorse the position that it’s better to fart and feel the shame than to hold it in and feel the pain.


A Lakeland eighth grader, accused of breaking wind while riding a school bus, has been suspended for three days from bus transportation in the Polk County school district.


The 15-year-old boy was written up on a misbehavior form by the bus driver, accusing him of intentionally farting to make the riders laugh.  The driver says the stench was so bad it was difficult to breathe.


Did he break some law about farting?  School officials say there is no regulation in the district about passing gas and that the teen was cited for causing a disturbance on a bus.


However, the district may have somewhat of an evidentiary problem at the teen says he’s been unjustly accused, that he wasn’t the one breaking wind. Could this become a First Amendment issue—the right to fart? Will the ACLU become involved?


Last November, a 13-year-old student in Stuart, Fla., was arrested by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for “continually disrupted his classroom environment” by what school officials claimed was intentionally passing gas.  3-20-09

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