Free speech on campus: Some students want schools to limit what’s said

Feb 12, 2018 by

College students increasingly think that universities should ban speech that may be offensive and defamatory. It’s a trend that worries advocates of the First Amendment

Richard Walker, a University of Central Florida sophomore and member of Knights for Socialism, believes his school should be limiting the voices of those who spew hateful rhetoric on campus.

“The university’s first responsibility is ensuring the safety and well-being of their students,” said Walker, 19. “It might be just words now, but if you let that sort of thing come into the public discourse and become widely accepted, it doesn’t stay words.”

In America’s politically polarized environment, students such as Walker increasingly think colleges should ban speech that may be racist or defamatory, a trend that worries advocates of the First Amendment.

 

Source: Free speech on campus: Some students want schools to limit what’s said – Orlando Sentinel

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