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ACLU of Oregon offers schools guidance on free speech, bullying

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon has issued an open letter to school superintendents, urging them to “take appropriate measures to protect the rights of your students.”

In the letter, which comes in the wake of news reports about high levels of hate incidents in Oregon since the presidential election, ACLU of Oregon Legal Director Mat dos Santos outlines the organization’s legal guidance on the issues of free speech, bullying and harassment.

“As a nation we charge educators not only with teaching our children but also with protecting them while they learn,” do Santos wrote. “In times like these, it can only help for school officials to reiterate their firm commitment to inclusion and creating supportive environments for all students, at the same time, maintaining a setting that honors the free speech rights of young people.”

The letter can be found at http://www.aclu-or.org/sites/default/files/Letter_to_Oregon_Schools_12162016.pdf