Limits Of Freedom Of Speech

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Limit of expression: Schools are repeatedly trying to ban what students can or cannot do in schools. Imagine being in class and the teacher disallows students to write with a pencil. They ban them from doing their worksheet. That seems pretty silly, right? The United States is supposed to protect the people's rights and freedom of speech, but it is doing the total opposite. Also, schools are teaching their students about their freedom of speech and freedom of press, but they are not letting them show it. So why teach them? Students can express themselves without limits because the first Amendment protects their rights,they have a voice, and they can show respect. Students can express themselves without limits because the first Amendment protects their rights. The American Civil Liberties Union stated in its Dec. 31 , 1994 paper. “The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects speech no matter how offensive its content. Speech Codes adopted by government-financed state colleges and universities amount to government censorship, in violation of the Constitution” (Procon).This basically means that it doesn’t matter how offensive their clothing, hair, etc is, the Amendment protects it. So they are allowed to wear anything they want, because they have the right to. There are people that argue that students should have a limit of freedom of expression in school, because then they would have too much freedom and may use it in a negative way.Regardless, while this maybe true in some cases it is unconstitutional to take American citizens right away. Also, the First Amendment protects that right too. Neil Ralston’s article “Learning to Appreciate the first Amendment”, states that Many high schools teach students about their First Amendment rights of free speech and a free press.”It is in these schools that teachers lecture about the First Amendment while the administrator restricts what the students wear, what they say, what they write, what they produce on stage, and even what they sing” (Raston).The school is teaching their students about their First Amendment rights and free speech. The administrators restricts what the students wear, what they say, what they write, what they produce on stage, and
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