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South Hadley High Students Receive Lesson on Free Speech


SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) — A nationally recognized speaker made a stop at South Hadley High School today to urge students to celebrate our rights under the Constitution.

Mary Beth Tinker spoke to students about the importance of free speech and using it help improve society. Her message: get loud, speak up, and be heard.

Tinker spoke before students at South Hadley High Tuesday about the importance of young voices being heard and reminding them of their rights.

“Their First Amendment rights, their right to free speech, their right to free press, assemble, petition, religion. They need to be able express themselves to really contribute to our democracy and to contribute to making our world a better place,” Tinker explains.

A message in sync with the bright young minds in South Hadley.

Student Larry Belanger adds, “We will be the ones who will be voting and in control of the country at some point because that’s the way mortality works, so it’s really important that we care about certain problem in society and the world.”

Tinker travels around in a pink tour bus, making stops at schools throughout the northeast, stressing the need for young people to add new perspectives to the world problems

“They can see things with new eyes and so sometimes they see things that adults have gotten used to, but to them, it just seems we could do better we can make things better.”

“If we start early, it’s definitely something that will never be detrimental and it will always be a lot more helpful to the creation of our new society,” adds student Laura Suttonfield.

A new society that will be bolstered by young people not afraid to speak their minds.

Tinker is making stops at 50 schools in 19 states in the northeast.

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