Are there or should there be limits on what individuals can say and have protected under the "freedom of speech" amendment? If not, than anything goes--profanity in church, hate speeches, right? If not, where and when should there be limits set?
Here is why I ask. I have a student who called another teacher an a--hole and the student was suspended for the action. His response when questioned regarding the incident, "Don't I have the constitutional right to free speech?". Theoretically, he is correct. Our school district has a specific rule regarding disrespectful language, including but not limited to the use of profanity at or about another person while the student is on campus or involved in a school sponsered activity.
Is this district rule a constitutional violation? If not, shouldn't the same expectations for civil discourse be applied in political situations (local, state and national)? How free is free?
Asked by Anonymous at 8:15 PM on Sep. 25, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by lovinangels at 9:27 PM on Sep. 25, 2009
Answer by vabchmommy at 8:22 PM on Sep. 25, 2009
I think that the first amendment is widely misinterpreted. Freedom of speech means that you can say what you want without fear of being persecuted by the law. While he may have the right to call the teacher an a--hole, his freedom of speech does not infringe of the right for the school to suspend him for it.
Answer by geminishadow79 at 9:16 PM on Sep. 25, 2009
Answer by stacymomof2 at 9:36 PM on Sep. 25, 2009
Freedom of speech does not guarantee you freedom of repercussions from your speech. I'm perfectly allowed by the constitution to tell my boss he's an incompetent a hole, and I'm still gonna get fired If I do it.
There are repercussions for your words....
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