NJ Highschooler Suspended for Anti-Gun Control Project


A Manville, NJ student was suspended and ordered to go under a psychological evaluation after it was found out he was doing an assignment arguing against gun control.

Student Frank Harvey was doing a project for class that was on gun control, arguing against it, when he left his flash drive with the project on it in the school library. The flash drive was then found and handed over to the school administrators. After discovering the contents of the flash drive, which in the report included anti-gun control political cartoons and videos and reports of armed citizens defending themselves from criminals, the school then called the police.

Here is the video report Mr. Harvey made.

The police immediately cleared Harvey of any wrongdoing, but the school district officials said that he would have to undergo a five-hour long psychological examination before being allowed back in school. Harvey and his parents refused, and as a result he has withdrawn from school and is pursuing a GED.

Here is the Superintendent's information if you'd like to contact her asking her to apologize to Mr. Harvey and right this situation.

Please be respectful and courteous in your call or email.

Anne. R. Facendo

Superintendent of Schools

Central Office

Phone: (908) 231-8500 x8545

Voicemail: (908) 280-3000 x8545

Email: afacendo@manvillesd.org


Showing 33 reactions

  • Mark Sanchez
    commented 2016-10-04 12:23:10 -0400
    As a former Captain Chaplain in the USAF I am dismayed at the intolerance of our educational school system. I am an administrator at a NYC HS and you are mandated to accept programs such as condom availability – transgender bathrooms. In spite of the fact that the latter represents less than 2% of the population. However, speak out about defending the 2nd amendment, the nuclear family, or expecting equal justice for all Americans, I.e. Hillary with e-mails…, you are viewed as dangerous. Whatever happened to freedom of speech and common sense? I fear for our grandchildren for the America they will inherit. It will be but a shadow of what it once was. The sad thing is it’s our fault for not holding these feckless, power hungry, corrupt politicians accountable for not living by the same laws they expect us to live by.
  • Matthew Thimgan
    commented 2016-10-01 19:21:41 -0400
    So wrong on so many levels what this school district is doing this young man and his educational future. The school district actions on this student are clear violations if his civil rights and there are plenty of precedented cases of just such studen’s civil rights violations by school districts. Not only was he working on an assigned school project contained on his flash drive, he was excercising his right to free speach. It is absolutely ridiculous for the district to assume simply because of the subject he chose to work on that that makes him potentially dangerous as confirmed by the police investigation. I hope his family sues because they have a slam dunk win here against these morons who claim to stand by their students.
  • Cheryl Mazzeo
    commented 2016-10-01 14:44:36 -0400
    I’m against unregulated availability of guns on a personal level, but it is wrong to stop students from being able to argue their own points of view. It seemed like this student is very intelligent and was doing effective research to support his argument. How can academic success be punished? That isn’t right, and it’s terrible to feel forced to get a GED when you clearly have the ability to successfully graduate from a high school program. Shaming kids for their intelligence is not acceptable on any level.
  • John Pitts
    commented 2016-10-01 12:49:53 -0400
    I just tried to call the numbers at the end of the article and neither of them work any longer. Not only are these school district representatives oppressors of free speech,they are also cowards. The outrageous demand that this child undergo a psych evaluation is straight from the pages of the Soviet Union’s treatment of dissidents back in the day. I feel strongly that the U.S. Justice Department needs to start taking up these cases where school students are denied their basic civil rights as American citizens. Otherwise, we are essentially teaching our children how to live in under authoritarian oppression. On second thought,maybe that’s the whole point of these ‘government school’ policies.
  • Christopher Feeney
    commented 2016-09-30 16:38:18 -0400
    The one one thing to beware of is that by plugging in an unknown flash drive into the school computer system without knowing what is on it is opening up the entire system to whatever virus might be on it. The second thing to be aware of is that by making this story public it shows exactly how to infect the school computer system, leave a flash drive laying around & school authorities will pick it up & plug it in. Good Job !
  • Dariusz Bystrowski
    commented 2016-09-30 09:21:32 -0400
    Public school is part of the government so 1st amendment applies.
    The big issue is that the lady is power tripping and obviously anti 2A and wants to make an example of the kid that if you are pro 2A, you must be INSANE.
    That’s how the left roles: they just shut you down instead of using logic.
    I hope he sets up a gofundme account so I can chip in a bit to the lawsuit.
  • Dennis Novak
    commented 2016-09-29 14:58:05 -0400
    The principal should be in jail for violating this patriot’s rights under color of government authority. Sue the bastards. The school district should pay for this kid’s education through the PhD level.
  • Joseph Crawford
    commented 2016-09-29 14:55:39 -0400
    I wrote the Superintendent a thank you letter… Not because I agree that the kid should be punished but because we know that if a child was writing a report on pro-gun topics they would have been suspended as well. I thanked them for treating the pro/anti situation as the same.

    Now personally I do not think there is a problem with a student doing either type of report however if the school has those policies in place I am glad they are treated equal.

    If it’s an issue to have a policy like that in place then start getting on your legislators, school board, etc.
  • Derek Dowches
    commented 2016-09-29 12:34:20 -0400
    A war to protect our Constitution may be nearer than we think. Tolerance is paper thin at best with the paper thin liberal divisiveness now being taught in schools
  • Mark Machulsky
    commented 2016-09-29 11:35:31 -0400
    for Mark Cheeseman
    first you are in a public school in NJ you have no right. You may be searched at any time. You have no privacy.
    The school found a flash drive in the Library? So the school has the right to see what is on it ans read it. Just like if a back pack was found.
    As for First amendment rights. no, this applies to speech against the government( I know its more detailed than that but for this case we can make it basic). The school can regulate where and when you can speak.
    Bottom line, schools have a lot more “rights” then the students do.
    That being said, the schools will “rule” with a Left fist…. because they can. not saying I agree.
  • Kyle Rivas
    commented 2016-09-29 11:35:12 -0400
    Why? Liberals advocate for “diversity”, but they are staunchly against INTELLECTUAL diversity. You need people with conservative views. This is wrooong.
  • Chris Kirkpatrick
    commented 2016-09-29 11:24:46 -0400
    Nothing like an academic authority confusing indoctrination with education.
  • Cliff Conklin
    commented 2016-09-29 11:07:09 -0400
    To Superintendent of Schools Anne R. Facendo:

    Violation of the 1st Amendment by suppressing someone else views of the 2nd Amendment.

    All I can say is " Double Plus Ungood." (1984)
  • Brian Richards
    commented 2016-09-29 10:43:50 -0400
    Free speech is only allowed if you’re a liberal or have a liberal viewpoint. Otherwise you are ostracized, boycotted, forced out of business, threatened. Yes, Obama and Hillary: This is what you built.
  • Stephen Richman
    commented 2016-09-29 09:33:18 -0400
    My e-mail to Dr. Facendo,

    One problem with the people in our Country is they /we are being overridden by fear of what might be. The suspension of student Frank Harvey appears to have come from the same seed of fear. This was a report not a threat. If books in your library disagree with your opinion on anything, do you remove those books?

    Mr. Harvey should not have faced any disciplinary action for doing research on any subject. This would have been a great time for a lesson on possibly both the first and second Amendments of our Constitution.

    Sorry Dr. Facendo but like Walt Whitmans  poem, maybe you should hear America singing.

    Stephen C Richman
  • Berwyn Rodgers
    commented 2016-09-29 09:23:49 -0400
    How is it that our children are forced to sit and listen to the amoral/immoral and leftist philosophy and politics the school system teaches and yet be censured and punished for expressing a differing view in an opinion paper based on the constitutional rights of every law-abiding American? This student and his family surely have a very strong case should they choose to pursue it. The Administrator and others involved in the persecution of this young man should be ashamed of themselves and resign. Instead they are probably congratulating themselves. Unconscionable. I say we should find a way to publicly honor this student for his right and just veiws.
  • Mendez Thomas
    commented 2016-09-29 08:31:49 -0400
    Unfortunately that’s where this country is headed. Anyone who defends the second amendment is violent and barbaric, the very mention of God is horrible, but homosexuality is praised and our children are indoctrinated at an early age against our wishes.
  • Paul Hartnagel
    commented 2016-09-29 08:14:19 -0400
    Just send him off to a “Re-indoctrination Gulag”.
  • Robert Schulz
    commented 2016-09-29 07:15:40 -0400
    It shouldn’t matter what was in the students report, the First Amendment is unconditional. If it wasn’t the NFL players would not be allowed to disrespect our national anthem and flag!
  • Michael Gaskill
    commented 2016-09-29 02:32:10 -0400
    Any chance we can get a glimpse of what he wrote? I’d like to see if it was as cut and dry as it’s presented….
  • Wayne Stover
    commented 2016-09-28 23:03:32 -0400
    Jesus WTF is our society coming to. Argues for constitutional rights and school demands psych eval.
  • Kevin McGonigal
    commented 2016-09-28 22:12:43 -0400
    Where is the ACLU on this?
  • Dan Petrazzolo
    commented 2016-09-28 21:38:58 -0400
    That just goes to show you sick the gun laws are that you can’t even speak about them this state is tyrantical amusing that the revolution was fought here
  • Jeff Mosteller
    commented 2016-09-28 20:41:13 -0400
    The family should seek legal counsel. It’s an appropriate response to this blatant violation of the students 1st amendment rights.
    The unfortunate part is the tax payers of NJ will be saddled with the settlement. There should be a method to garnish the wages and retirement of every school official involved. Start with the superintendent and connect the dots all the way to the teacher. This nonsense would end quickly if these socialists were to reap the “rewards” of their illegal actions.
  • Ed
    commented 2016-09-28 20:30:06 -0400
    Looks like the Manville superintendent has proven herself a failure in her role as a fair and impartial leader of the school. It’s do it Anne’s way or face humiliation. Anne needs to step out of her role and find more suitable work, like a lackey to a politician or SEIU business agent. Somewhere she can share her narrow views and be appreciated.
  • Judy Wilson
    commented 2016-09-28 20:10:35 -0400
    What a poor example this superintendent has set for the students of Manville. It teaches them that they have no first or second amendment rights. The parents of Manville should make it clear that their children have constitutional rights. If they do not speak out it will only get worse.
  • mike DiVito
    commented 2016-09-28 19:44:30 -0400
    Time to get a heavy handed Lawyer
  • Joseph Rodriguez
    commented 2016-09-28 19:08:17 -0400
    Are they out of their minds? The student is allowed to express his first amendment rights to defend his second amendment rights. Liberals have gotten way out of hand. Man the hell up!
  • Robert Schulz
    commented 2016-09-28 18:27:34 -0400
    It’s unfortunate that the school systems are bloated with liberal minded teachers and administrators. Wouldn’t it be nice if the educational institutions we so dearly pay for would do their jobs and just teach and allow students to learn, and not influence them with their bias beliefs. What life lessons is this administrator and this school system teaching students?
  • Garry McBride
    commented 2016-09-28 18:20:13 -0400
    Ok so now where is the ACLU defending his right to free speech or in this case free thought?? Typical left wing liberal response. If I were the parents I would get a lawyer (Evan Nappen) and sue the poop out of them.
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