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Should schools have the power to limit students' speech?

Free speech is one of our rights in the U.S, but should it be limited in schools?
We are focusing more on the non-verbal aspect of free speech. For example, a student showing up at school wearing an armband or something of the like that protests or promotes something. Should students leave their free speech rights at the doors, or still be able to speak their mind?


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  • Dec 18 2013: Free speech is a right we should uphold even in schools, with some limited restrictions. School is an appropriate place for children to learn how to express varied opinions on different issues. Outside of a school setting there are very few restrictions on this freedom. However, in schools there need be a bit more. A student, or a teacher for that matter, has a right to wear certain things. But not if these things are inappropriate and are hurtful to others in a school setting. For example, a shirt with a racial slur or graphic image should not be allowed. The issue comes in drawing the line between what is acceptable and what isnt. Like your issue of a shirt that protests something specific, sometimes it can be hard to definatively say this shirt wont be offensive to anyone or will be offensive to a couple people. Even fairly simple statements can be offensive in a certain light which obscures how the school draws that line in the sand.

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