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"An employee's car parked at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School lot has sparked fury among some parents ushering their children inside the school each morning."
"The car -- a red, late-model Ford Mustang with a novelty plate on its front end reading 'Fight crime, shoot first' -- irritated one parent so much that she complained to her son's pre-kindergarten teacher. ..."
"'Being a member of the staff, well, you have to be an example to the kids,' the mother insisted. 'You don't just do whatever.'"
"'I can listen to parents and listen to their concerns,' [Principal Sandra] Dunning said. 'But we do live in America. That's part of our democracy, free speech.'"
"The parent, however, says the school's responsibility to provide positive role models to children supersedes the right to free speech, and that the offending license plate is a breech of the public trust placed in school employees." ...
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