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    Default Prohibition Against Speaking in the Hallways

    Today, my son brought home a letter from school that said they are now giong to prohibit the children at Billings High School from speaking in the hallways between classes and in the cafeteria at lunch time. Is this legal?
    I have googled this and found nothing. This school is in a town of 1,000 people in southwest Missouri. I really would like some input. How are they supposed to make friends, fall in love, plan to meet after school for activities that they don't get into trouble for? I am ready to make t-shirts and sock puppets! Someone please help!

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    It sounds like an exceptionally silly rule, but I doubt that there is any legal reason why they cannot bar speaking in the hallways and cafeteria. I am not aware of any reason such a blanket prohibition would be unconstitutional.

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    Default Re: Prohibition Against Speaking in the Hallways

    Kids shouldn't have time to fall in love at school.

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    Today, my son brought home a letter from school that said they are now giong to prohibit the children at Billings High School from speaking in the hallways between classes and in the cafeteria at lunch time. Is this legal?
    I have googled this and found nothing. This school is in a town of 1,000 people in southwest Missouri. I really would like some input. How are they supposed to make friends, fall in love, plan to meet after school for activities that they don't get into trouble for? I am ready to make t-shirts and sock puppets! Someone please help!

    Sounds like an extremely "overbroad" restriction. I also have never heard of such a disciplinary code passed in any school.

    It seems to be an undue restraint on the 1st Amendment. I am of a mind to predict some parents may seek legal advice and a Declaratory Judgment/Injunctive action will be filed to challenge this rule.

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    Default Re: Prohibition Against Speaking in the Hallways

    Jayme, you can search selected words/phrases on the 1ST AM center, one of my favorite sources. They have various school law positions/decisions listed, free speech/suspensions, etc.


    http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/

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    Default Re: Prohibition Against Speaking in the Hallways

    I don't see this as an attempt to stifle freedom of speech.

    I view this as reducing the noise level, confrontations, tardies, and any other innappropriate activity taking place in the halls between classes and during lunch.

    When was the last time you were in a lunchroom with a crowd of kids? Good gracious, it's loud.

    I grant that it does not seem to be the brightest idea ever.

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    Default Re: Prohibition Against Speaking in the Hallways

    This seems to be an extreme measure. So, the halls are loud between classes. I cannot see any reason to restrict speech in the halls.
    I wonder, though, if a teacher would be in trouble for talking with a student while the kid was in the hallway. Is only right.. if the kids can't speak, I think the teachers should set the example.

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    If this is Purdy, Missouri, then I can understand how that rule got passed!

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    If this is Purdy, Missouri, then I can understand how that rule got passed!
    Maybe I am missing something. What happened in Purdy?

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    Maybe I am missing something. What happened in Purdy?
    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...52C1A96E948260

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