Proposed Connecticut Bill Protects Students’ Electronic Correspondence

HARTFORD, Conn.
Published: February 5, 2009

A state lawmaker is proposing an act concerning the electronic correspondence of students. The proposed legislation would bar schools from punishing students for their electronic insults even if those insults were written on class computers during school hours.

The move comes after a former high school student in Burlington, Conn., was barred from participating in a school election because of comments she wrote in a blog about a teacher. While the comments were not threatening and did not occur on campus, the student was still punished by the school.

The proposed bill is intended to protect all forms of speech, including those meant to be offensive.

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