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School board considers expulsion for students who use ‘microaggressions’

Kids say the darndest things. Then they get expelled.

Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas is considering a draconian change to its district-wide discrimination and harassment policy, which would “impose stiff penalties on those who commit a microaggression or tout an offensive symbol,” Heat Street reports.

Under the school board’s proposal – since postponed from a June 27 vote – microaggressions would be defined as “subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at a minority or other non dominant group that are often unintentional or unconsciously reinforce a stereotype.”

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It’s up to each school what the consequences would be for these purported violations of human decency:

Heat Street reviewed several of these handbooks, from Lawrence elementary schools to high schools. Most say that students or employees who violate the discrimination and harassment policies can be fired or expelled, among other disciplinary repercussions.

The board’s proposal was prompted by – shocker – a high school student driving “a pickup truck to school earlier this year flying a Confederate flag in the back.”

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Greg spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” He co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon at Seattle Pacific University.

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