Truly, I do believe in self-expression.
When I taught English in public junior high school, we had a Feedbox in my room in which any child could leave a note saying whatever he wanted to say so long as he signed his name. Each class had its own Feedback box. Wonderful things came from this simple cardboard box.
Because of a computer mistake, I had a whole class of 7th grade boys. Another teacher had all of the girls. I kinda think the computer was right! It was extra fun having an all-boy class.
One afternoon two or three boys of my 5th period class, which met right after lunch, came to class carrying placards. The placards read: We PROTEST! UNFAIR to students. FREEDOM for students. (Please note their spelling was impeccable.) I asked the boys to come up front, and tell us what they were feeling.