Ennis Protesters Barred From Prom

I’m not sure this is the best way to encourage kids to get involved in civic activities. While I’m not completely sympathetic with what they were protesting, it seems a bit heavy handed to suspend students for exercising their right to organize. Granted, the rules were fairly clear and they broke them. However, in an age with increasing apathy and disinterest in the polictical process, what message does it send when students are suspended and barred from their senior prom for standing up for something they believe?

This seems like a typical bureaucratic overreaction to a situation someone was unprepared to handle.