Hoover schools superintendent: We don't intend to police all off-campus conduct, speech

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In support of proposed standard

I applaud the proposed standards. It is vital that all of our students feel safe and not be subject to the disruptions caused by this behavior. That is the paramount concern here. This is not a policy that is hard to follow. Simply don't demean another human being in a way that causes disruption in the environment. For those of you who haven't read the standard, here is the language:
"Conduct that disrupts the school environment: Conduct (including language) that has the purpose or effect (or that could be reasonably perceived as having the purpose or effect) of disparaging, insulting, degrading, or demeaning any person or class of persons based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or any other trait or characteristic that enjoys protection from discrimination or harassment as a matter of law or board policy-including but not limited to e-mails, social media postings, and other forms of communication that creates or substantially contributes to disruption in the school setting, whether or not it takes place on school property or at a school-related event, and whether or not it was intended as a private communication or for a limited audience."
Read the standard, think about it. Think about protecting children from disruption.

Dana Ellis 3 days ago

How about this?

Instead of trampling on the first amendment rights of students in an arbitrary and possibly dangerous way why not EDUCATE students on the events they are demeaning with their inappropriate language. A visit to the Civil Rights Museum downtown for all juniors or seniors at both schools. The events displayed are accurate and gripping. A discussion after the trip which could include both black and white adults that lived thru it would put a human face on what is just a distant memory to these young people. History/civics classes watching Schindler's List, The Diary of Ann Frank, or other such films would again make real the events in Germany and what precipated the Second World War. Again some are still alive that lived thru these events use their knowledge to educate so history will not repeat itself.
The school administration has started down a slippery slope. For those who do not remember this is how it started in Germany. History has a bad habit of repeating itself if we let.

Linda Chastain 3 days ago

How about this?

Well said. I agree wholeheartedly with you. Too many “good intention” laws can be twisted to become a controlling device open to interpretation. This type of prevention should be handled by parents. If parents are not involved in their children’s discipline, then the community can become involved.

Cheryl 7 hours ago

Freedom?

I wonder how someone who obviously failed junior high civics rose to superintendent of "education"? Perhaps Ms. Murphy needs to learn about something called the "First Amendment To The United States Constitution" which protects freedom of speech for all Americans. What's next on her agenda, controlling what church students can and cannot attend? All freedom-loving Americans living in Hoover, and the state of Alabama, should demand her immediate firing as superintendent. If our children are not taught about our rights and freedoms, then we will lose certainly lose them.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." -Ronald Reagan.

James Ford 3 days ago