Teachers stress importance of Bill of Rights

Sydney Miller and Presley Sanders

Today is the Dec. 15, the exact day the Bill of Rights was ratified 229 years ago.

Cathy Barker meets with the DMS Student Council officers Friday during WIN. (Dylan Harty)

For those who don’t know, the Bill of Rights is the term for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These are what give U.S. citizens several basic rights, including the most known rights of the First Amendment, which are the freedoms of religion, speech, press, peaceful assembly and protest.

Other rights given through the Bill of Rights include being able to own firearms, protecting against unreasonable search and seizure, and protecting against cruel and unusual punishment.

This day is an important day is the history of the U.S., and some teachers are taking time off from their usual studies to go over the subject.

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Although some teachers have already covered it, they are allowing themselves to go over it briefly as a way to recognize today.

“We’ve already talked about the Bill of Rights; we discussed it during the beginning of the year along with the presidential election, but we might go over it real quick,” humanities teacher Cathy Barker said.

Teachers all over the school feel that celebrating the day the Bill of Rights was ratified is important.

Justin Pena, an eighth-grade history teacher, feels that celebrating should be something that everyone should do.

“It’s totally important,” Pena said. “I think everybody should know their rights and what they can and can’t do.”

*Presley Sanders contributed to this story.