Guidelines Spotlight Tension Over Censoring, Curbing Bullies
Court rulings have provided precedent about how K-12 students may express their opinions—even potentially offensive ones—on campus. Taking a cue from those rulings, the new guidelines shared last month and produced by the American Jewish Committee and the Religious Freedom Education Project/First Amendment Center , both based in Washington, emphasize that schools must not censor students' speech purely out of fear of potential bullying.
Too often, "anytime anyone says something that makes anyone uncomfortable, it's bullying," said Charles C. Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center and the director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at...
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