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Whose Rights were Violated?People can be so biased towards children, that they don’t even consider hearing the teacher’s side, and automatically believe that the child’s rights were violated, when in fact, the teacher’s had been. The novel Nothing But The Truth by Avi is a story about Philip Malloy, a ninth grade boy, who decides to sing the national anthem. He later encounters problems with the school and his teacher, Miss Narwin, about whether his rights were violated or not. As stated in the first amendment of the Constitution, people have the right to freedom of speech. According to the Constitution, Miss Narwins rights were violated because she was not given the chance to speak, which violates the first amendment, along with her personal information was given out and she was slandered and threatened.  Miss Narwin’s rights were violated because she never got to speak on behalf of the situation. During a discussion between Dr. Doane and Miss Narwin, Dr. Doane  mentioned Miss Narwin having a statement put out there in her favor, but it really didn’t help her at all.Dr. Doane: Well… The superintendent’s office put out a statement explaining the true situation. Miss Narwin: What did he say? Dr. Doane: Peg, you have to accept the idea that it’s all a misunderstanding. Miss Narwin: Easy for you to say. Dr. Doane: You can’t blame yourself…. Miss Narwin: I pleaded with Joe not to suspend him. Dr. Doane: I know you said that. We’ve issued a statement. I think it’s good. Miss Narwin: May I see it? Dr. Doane: Of course. Here. What’s the matter? Miss Narwin: This doesn’t support me. Dr. Doane: Peg, it does Miss Narwin: Where?(pg.176) This illustrates that Miss Narwin wasn’t able to put out a statement herself that was supporting her in this situation and she was blamed for something that didn’t completely happen the way it was put out there like. This supports my subclaim that Miss Narwin’s rights to freedom of speech were violated because, as outlined in the evidence given above, she was never allowed to put in a statement, which shows she was not allowed to say what she pleased.Miss Narwin’s personal information and personal letters were also given out, which support my claim that her rights were violated. Dr. Seymour: Okay. Let me quote from a letter she wrote- this is to her principal- just a few weeks ago- I can’t give you a copy, you understand- privacy and all-Mr. Griffen: I  understandDr. Seymour: But i can read a part of it to you- so you can understand what I’m up against.Mr. Griffen: Sure. Go on.Dr Seymour: She says- this Narwin woman- yes, here- now, I’m quoting her. The truth is… I feel that sometimes’- get this- I am a little out of touch with contemporary teaching, and, just as important, the students who come before me, In other words, she’s been around, what can I say, since history began.(pg.187) This shows that Miss Narwin sent a personal letter to her principal and Dr. Seymour, without her permission, took the letter and shared it with Mr. Griffen. This supports my subclaim in the way that, Miss Narwin’s personal information and personal letters she had written had been given out without her permission, and her rights to privacy were violated.Another reason as to why Miss Narwin’s rights were violated is because she was not given the chance to speak. It can be argued that Miss Narwin’s rights to freedom of speech were not violated. This can be supported by “Miss Narwin: ‘We have a rule….’ Ms. Stewart: ‘Your superintendent, Dr. Seymour, says there is no rule.’ Miss Narwin: ‘I don’t think I should be talking about this.’ Ms. Stewart: ‘But you do acknowledge that you sent him from your room?’ Miss Narwin: ‘Yes, but…’ Ms. Stewart: ‘For singing the national anthem?’ Miss Narwin: I think you need to speak to our principal.’ Ms. Stewart: ‘I did speak to her.’ Miss Narwin: ‘Then I have nothing more to say.’ Ms. Stewart: ‘You are sure?’ Miss Narwin: ‘Quite sure.'”(pgs.113-114) This shows that Miss. Narwin was given the chance to speak and add more to what the principal had said, but chose not to, supporting that her rights were not violated. But, Miss Narwin did go and talk to a new reporter about submitting her side of the story. The only thing that kept it from “happening” was the fact that the reporter wasn’t able to submit it. This is shown in the quote,”Miss Narwin: ‘Mr. Duval?’ Mr. Duval: ‘Speaking.’ Miss Narwin: ‘This is Margaret Narwin, from Harrison.’ Mr. Duval: ‘Oh, yes, Miss Narwin. How are you, ma’am?’ Miss Narwin: ‘I’m fine. I wanted to ask you if you published that story- that you interviewed me for.’ Mr. Duval: ‘Oh, right. Well, I certainly wrote it. And it has been filed. It was a pretty good story. All set to go too. But then South America… that situation… There’s no room.’ Miss Narwin: ‘Then you won’t print it?’ Mr. Duval: Well, it’s possible. But I’d be less than candid with you if I said it will appear. With so much happening…’ Miss Narwin: ‘I see.’ Mr. Duval: ‘ I am sorry. I’m sure you would have liked to see it in print….’ Miss Narwin: ‘Yes….'”(pg.209)  This illustrates that Miss Narwin did want to add more to what was out there about the problem but didn’t get to. She was not able to explain the real situation and how she felt about it. So, Miss Narwin’s rights to freedom of speech were, in fact, violated.Miss Narwin’s freedom of speech was taken away, her personal information was given out, and she was slandered and threatened, bringing us to a conclusion that her rights were violated. Because People had found out her location and where they could send letters to, she received numerous insults and threats because she was slandered and people believed she was a bad person. Miss Narwin also never got a say as to what she believed about this issue, violating her freedom to speech and making this a one-sided situation towards the media.

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