The National Coalition Against Censorship has written to the school committee of Somerset Public Schools concerning a new school rule, which violates students’ free speech rights. The rule states that “any discussion of weapons (guns/knives/etc.) or making shooting gestures are not acceptable in school; this applies to real or toy weapons.” 

This rule goes far beyond the permissible limits on student expression that have been recognized by the Supreme Court. A similar school rule was declared unconstitutional by the Seventh Circuit just last year.

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