NCAC sent a letter to the US Commission on Civil Rights and Dept. of Education explaining why 1st Amendment principles must not be sacrificed to overreaching policies on bullying in schools. The Student Press Law Center did the same, cautioning the Commission that the threat of federal civil-rights sanctions will cause schools to over-punish harmless speech as they seek to create a “paper trail” of discipline for defensive purposes in litigation — even when an informal conversation might have better resolved a problem. These policies will actually undermine schools’ capacities to deal with actual harassment.
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