What do you do with pupils like these?
Éric Bettancourt, a schoolteacher in Clichy-sous-Bois, a heavily immigrant suburb, told the France 2 television channel that three quarters of his students had refused to observe the moment of silence [after the Charlie Hebdo massacre]. “The first shocking words I heard were that the murders were justified,” Mr. Bettancourt said. “They considered that it was forbidden to make blasphemies or insult the prophet through drawings or speech.”
Question: Were the students who refused to be quiet during the moment of silence not exercising their right to freedom of expression? Are they the equivalent, or near-equivalent, of atheists and others who refuse to say (or decline to rise for) the Pledge of Allegiance in U.S. schools? The case can surely be made.