ACLU questions school cyberbullying policy

DOVER, Del. — The American Civil Liberties Union is warning that the Capital School District’s proposed cyber-bullying policy could be unconstitutional.

The ACLU sent a letter to a lawyer for the school board Monday asserting that the policy would violate the First Amendment rights of students.

The ACLU says the policy uses an overly broad definition of cyber-bullying to include teasing, laughing at someone’s mistakes, using unwelcome nicknames, mimicking, name -calling and using offensive language.

The ACLU says a student can’t be punished simply for hurting another student’s feelings.

The policy is to be considered at Wednesday’s school board meeting.

The attorney for the school board did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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  1. The ACLU has missed the social engineering of Baltimore’s development and the privatization and opportunity issues with charter schools, and the Attorney General Gansler defense of DNA banking of suspect samples, and the Maryland state police policy of surveillance of political activists, the jailing of domestic suspects of terror without charge…..so it’s good to see them fighting for cyber-bullying.

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