I hired an attorney, and she urged both boys to plead innocent. The police made more threats but eventually had to drop the charges for lack of evidence.
The principal said they were still expelled from school, so they would fail the semester and not graduate. At this, the lawyer threatened to sue the school. Expulsion is much more serious than suspension and requires evidence. The school backed down and readmitted both boys.
The best news, though, was that the recruiters decided this school wasn't worth the hassles and stopped setting up their booth. To celebrate the victory, my husband and I took all the Students for Peace out to dinner. They're a great bunch of youngsters. I'm so glad there's a new crop of activists coming up.
Josh and his wife were upset about Mark getting into trouble, worried this would damage his future. To them it was the same as if he'd been arrested for drugs or shoplifting -- a black mark on his record. They were angry at me for "putting him up to it."
Their discomfort about defying authorities reminded me of something my father had told me before he died. He confided to me that during the 1930s his father had joined the Communist Party, was arrested several times for agitating, and was fired from his job due to his political activities. Dad was embarrassed to tell me this, as if it was a shameful family secret he had to get off his chest.
I never knew my grandfather, but hearing the story, I very much wished I had. We could have enjoyed the same cross-generational bond I now treasure with Mark and Linda.
"Generations of Resistance to War" is a chapter from RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War, which present s the first-person experiences of war resisters, deserters, and peace activist s in the USA, Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Recently released by Trine Day, i t's a journey along diverse paths of nonviolence, the true stories of people working for peace in unconventional ways. Other chapters are posted on OpEdNews and on a page of the publisher's website at http://media.trineday.com/radicalpeace