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The Federal Government’s Real – but Very Dangerous and Limited – Role in Confronting Bullying and Harassment

Neal McCluskey –
May 1, 2011

The federal government does have, and should use, authority to enforce equal protection under the law against violence and harassment, testifies Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, but has in recent years interpreted this authority so broadly it has begun to infringe upon equal protection by favoring specific groups and types of speech. The government should eliminate laws that offer protection based on group identity and give all individuals routes to seek relief against unequal protection by school authorities, he writes. Ultimately, the best solution will be eliminating government schools in favor of a system where parents control education funds and have freedom to attend or leave schools that do not suit them.