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Constitution Day is right around the corner


Tuesday, Sept. 17 is Constitution Day — the perfect time to discuss our First Amendment rights:

Virtual Speakers Bureau

Let us meet you in your newsroom!  Invite an SPLC expert to come speak to your class or newsroom via Zoom videoconference. Speakers will join you for up to 40 minutes (including Q & A) and can present on one of these topics:

  • High school student press freedom
  • Copyright
  • Freedom of Information / public records
  • Libel and defamation

All presentations will be conducted on the free Zoom videoconferencing platform.

 

Request a speaker

Here's what people are saying about the Virtual Speakers Bureau:

Q: Can I be punished for fighting censorship at my school?

A:  You cannot be punished for speaking out and expressing views opposing those of school officials unless you break laws or school rules in how you choose to fight the censorship. For example, if you organized or participated in a protest that included walking out of class in response to censorship of the school newspaper, you could be punished for failing to return to class or for creating a physical event that interfered with the normal operation of the school day. But if you haven’t disrupted the school day, broken school rules, or broken the law, you cannot be punished for simply expressing your opinions. 
 

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