Hoover schools consider prohibiting racist language by students off campus



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Hoover is a lot more than just it's city government

Prohibiting students offensive language off-campus is a really bad idea, not to mention that it's probably unconstitutional. I'm in agreement with the other comments here on freedom of speech. Children have parents, and it's their job to discipline them for these things, not the school board's job. And, in truth, she's already been punished by the community, state, and anyone else in the US who saw the video and found a way speak their mind to her through social media. She's probably had to delete her twitter, FB, instagram, etc. accounts to avoid reading death threats. This girl's entire family has suffered for what she said. Is she even still a student at Spain Park? I heard that her parents were contemplating moving out of the city and the father was contemplating selling his business because of the backlash. I'm not trying to defend this girl or what she said in any way, but my point is that social media has been a far harsher, quicker, and more effective punishment than a 3 day suspension or whatever could possibly hope to be. Another huge problem with this rule is false allegations or kids trying to catch other kids they don't like saying racists things. Does the school board really want more viral videos of Hoover students making racist comments?

Lisa P more than 1 year ago

Watch out

I too am offended by and do not condone racist ad anti-Semetic statements by Hoover students. Even more so, I am offended by and do not condone a school system that tries to restrict students' First Amendment Constitutional rights to free speech, which contrary to the misunderstanding of many (apparently, including Hoover's school system) protects even "hateful" speech. Maybe Hoover's school sysytem adopt and enforce the proposed changes to its student code and conduct and then learn this basis civics lesson in a lawsuit filed by the student and his or her parents. For a school system that is always whining about needing property tax increases so it can get more of your hard-earned dollars, it should stop this speech-control nonsense before it finds itself having paying big-bucks to attorneys to defend itself in a free-speech lawsuit it is destined to lose. Instead, the school system should teach its students better so they would know how stupid it is to use such hateful speech.

Barry V. Frederick more than 1 year ago

Hoover School System regulation of speech

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or bridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." I had no idea that the Hoover School System had the power to exercise authority not even relegated to congress. Does anyone think it appropriate to expel a student for expressing thought through language in their own homes? How do you spell tyranny?

G D Harkness more than 1 year ago