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Elizabeth Delgado: Freedom of speech in student debates



There has been many debates on whether freedom of speech should be limited in schools, specifically in debates and discussions. Freedom of speech should be somewhat limited, especially in regard to social issues, such as gay marriage or bathroom laws. Limiting debates on these topics would aid students who belong to these groups, as such discussions can lead to discrimination. The right to freedom of speech has been a hotly debated topic for years, with two strong opposing ideals. However, the most beneficial method for all students, is to monitor debates, instead of banning these discussions all together. This paper will discuss how allowing these types of topics could be harmful to minorities and why it is important to create a safe environment for all students.

   About the Author-

Elizabeth Delgado is a first-year student at Miami Dade College. She is pursuing a degree in History and a minor in Education, in order to become a World History teacher. She was elected Vice President of the National English Honors Society of her high school. Her interests are in historical and social issues and she will continue to do research on these topics. She is an avid reader and enjoys analyzing material.

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