Thursday, September 24, 2015

WPost: School Officials Must Protect Students From Unsafe, Not Offensive, Free Speech.

In an editorial, the Washington Post (9/20, Board) notes that 23 students at a Virginia high school were suspended last week for refusing to remove articles of clothing with the Confederate flag, and says this should “worry every American,” as it involves free speech issues. The Post says although the school argued the Confederate flag ban “stems from racially motivated fighting on campus in the early 2000s,” officials at schools need to “draw a more careful line, recognizing that the goal is not to protect students from all offensive speech, but only to prevent offensive speech from making schools chaotic or unsafe.”

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