In 2011, a Mississippi teenager named Taylor Bell recorded a song called “PSK da Truth,” during his senior year at Itawamba Agriculture High School. In the song, Bell called out two coaches for alleged sexual harassment. As a result of posting the song on Facebook and Youtube, Bell was suspended from Agriculture High and sent to a different school. School officials accused Bell of harassment, intimidation, and “threatening two named educators with gun-related violence.” Almost five years later, Bell and his mother are seeking justice by suing the school to restore his record.
The case has also gotten the attention of big named rappers such as T.I., Killer Mike, Big Boi, Pharoahe Monch, Boots Riley, Jasiri X, Toni Blackman, and Favianna Rodriguez. The rappers signed a brief citing Bell’s First Amendment Rights as a protection from the charges school officials accused him of. No matter what Bell said on the song, he still has his rights, which is why the rappers signed the petition– a decision with Ebro agrees.
I’d sign the petition too. https://t.co/AlJRT3dfLu
— Ebro Darden (@oldmanebro) December 22, 2015
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