What sounds like an upcoming Supreme Court decision on drug laws is actually a mounting battle over students' free speech rights… with some highly entertaining details.
Student Joseph Frederick says [a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus"] was designed to be meaningless and funny in an effort to get on television as the Winter Olympic torch relay passed by the school in Juneau, Alaska, in January 2002.
But school officials say the phrase "bong hits" refers to smoking marijuana. Principal Deborah Morse suspended Frederick for 10 days because she said the banner advocates or promotes illegal drug use in violation of school policy.
Taking the side of the school—erstwhile Clinton inquisitor Ken Starr. And he's warring to overturn a judgment in the student's favor from the hated 9th Circuit. A wonderful culture war battle in the making.