Civil Rights

Student Advocacy and Freedom of Speech

Submitted by Tim on Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:00 PM

As part of advocacy to reduce the frequency of shootings in schools, students and others in the Metro Atlanta area and nationwide are organizing a school walkout on March 14, 2018. In the face of such plans, a school district in Texas announced a three day suspension for any students who walk out. Walkout organizers say students have a right to freedom of speech.

Free speech rights in schools are complicated. An advocacy march by members of the public is generally protected by the First Amendment. Whether school-related speech is protected depends on the disruptiveness of the speech.

Bullying In Public Schools

Submitted by Tim on Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:33 AM

If a student is bullied in school, parents can feel powerless to help. Georgia law has a broad definition of bullying, but nothing in Georgia law requires school districts take particular steps at the request of a parent or guardian. This can be very frustrating if school officials are not doing enough to protect a student.  

Federal law does require school districts to act in certain circumstances when the bullying is interferes with a student's ability to learn.