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Outlawing Bullying Sounds Nice, But Here's the Problem

Anti-bullying laws are “constitutionally suspect,” said legal analyst and criminal defense attorney Danny Cevallos in an opinion piece for CNN.

He explained that as anti-bullying statutes continue to broaden their reach, they become more likely to suppress students’ free speech. Cevallos also argued that these laws will likely invite costly litigation, expand the number of students classified as bullies, and unnecessarily give young people the blemish of a juvenile record.

Tolerating bullying is not the answer, he said, but he believes that even in the case of well-meaning anti-bullying statutes, “Laws are not always the cure for our every social ill, no matter how good they make us feel inside.”

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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