Policy Documents

Testimony from Eugene Volokh to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Eugene Volokh –
May 13, 2011

Many anti-bullying laws are so broad and vague they threaten the First Amendment rights of students, teachers, and administrators, testifies law professor Eugene Volokh to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. These laws punish citizens for “inflicting emotional distress” or shaming someone, which are sometimes necessary social safeguards against dangerous or foolish behavior. The First Amendment protects much speech and thought some consider “offensive,” such as religious and political speech, and limiting this discourages a free society and flourishing of ideas.