Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about the law itself; however, I do think that the laws currently on the books in most states need to be enforced by the schools and local governments. This legislation is currently before congress. There have been posts about it all over the Internet the last three weeks. Some even imply that if it passes freedom of speech will be a risk. I have not been able to find the exact wording of the legislation, so I cannot comment on whether this is truly the case. I will say that I honestly do not believe that our ancestors envisioned our current world when the original Bill of Rights was adopted in 1791. FYI, even then there were people who were not protected, i.e. slaves, women, those who did not own property. Therefore, I am not sure that using freedom of speech as an argument to avoid protecting a group of people is valid.
My understanding of this legislation is that it applies to places of higher education; therefore, it will not protect high school students or anyone in middle school. I do believe if our current laws are enforced most states already provide laws to protect our children. I would have thought these same laws would protect college students in state funded schools, but I may be wrong. I also refer you back to my previous post, Accountability for Protecting Our Children, which I wrote on October 22, 2010 for more about protecting our children.
I would love to know what you think about this legislation or any other legislation that may be pending in your home state. Do we need more laws or do we just need to enforce the current laws? Is being mean protected under freedom of speech laws? I do not believe it is. If it is, should it be?