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.