Day of Silence

Students’ Legal Rights and the Day of Silence

The ACLU has some legal tips for students who plan to participate in the Day of Silence. Here are the main points:

1. You DO have a right to participate in Day of Silence and other expressions of your opinion at a public school during non-instructional time.

2. You do NOT have a right to remain silent during class time if a teacher asks you to speak.

3. Your school is NOT required to “sponsor” Day of Silence.

4. Students who oppose Day of Silence DO have the right to express their views, too.

For a more detailed explanation of these points, or for the ACLU’s contact info for legal questions, go here.


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