Safe spaces on American college campuses challenge the freedom of speech

Joshua Laske, a graduate student studying veterinary medicine at Michigan State University, said that having a safe space growing up would have helped him feel comfortable with his sexuality earlier in his life. There is a debate on American college campuses about the necessity and constitutionality of safe spaces for students. A safe space is a place where people can go where they will not be harassed by others.

The complicated line between bullying and free speech in schools

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported 437 incidents of harassment between Nov. 9 and Nov. 14 last year, the days following the election of President Donald Trump. The same report said most of the occurrences were reported at K-12 school locations. According to the Southern Poverty Law center, most of the incidents targeted immigrants, African Americans or the LGBT community. The reports raise questions about the freedom of speech in schools and the line between students’ First Amendment rights and harassment.

1st and 2nd Amendments clash in ‘Docs v. Glocks’

A Florida law that prohibited doctors from talking to patients about firearms was overturned Feb. 16. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law violated doctors’ freedom of speech. Medical professionals and organizations sued the state of Florida over the provisions underlined in the Firearms Owners’ Privacy Act. The case, Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida, is known as “Docs v. Glocks.”