Identify an event in the past where a person was framed for something they didn't do and was refused to be listened even though they were innocent.My history teacher is about to send my friend to...

Identify an event in the past where a person was framed for something they didn't do and was refused to be listened even though they were innocent.

My history teacher is about to send my friend to detention because he was framed cheating three times. My history teacher won't listen to my friend's side of the story because he is a guy. I'm a girl so my history teacher will listen to me. The thing is, in order to grantee having him off the hook, I need something history related to back up my argument that my friend does not deserve detention and is innocent. I need this answer by tonight. Please help me. If he gets this detention, then he cannot join NHS which he has been wanting for a long time. Thank you to the one who answers this question.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Your personal situation notwithstanding, I think that one of the best examples of someone being denied a voice within the legal system would have to be the Sacco and Vanzetti case.  The case surrounded two working class Italian immigrants who were anarchists.  In the midst of the Red Scare during the 1920s, a fear of Communism and anything seen as "different" overcame the nation.  Sacco and Vanzetti were tried for murder on evidence that was circumstantial, at best.  Their executions remind us of how the legal system, when not grounded in certainty and the objective pursuiit of justice, can be used to persecute, as opposed to prosecute.  Sacco and Vanzetti would be one such example where individuals seen as different were overcome by fear and paranoia and denied a voice, as opposed to being heard and validated through a legal system that is meant to protect voices of dissent as opposed to silencing them.  I am not sure you can link Sacco and Vanzetti, their protests of defiance and voices of political and social dissent, to your particular situation, but I believe that the Sacco and Vanzetti case is an example of individuals being seen as grist for a social and legal maneuvering that seeks to silence voices and not enhance them.

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