Schools Proposes Expelling Students Who Say Offensive Things Off Campus

Students whose off-campus conduct disrupts the academic setting could face potential expulsion under the proposal.

Hoover, AL – The Hoover Board of Education is considering a proposal that would allow the district to punish students who make offensive or racist comments off-campus.

The proposed alteration to the district’s code of conduct was created in response to at least two incidents in the past two years where students were seen using racist language in videos, WBMA reported.

The most recent video surfaced in March, and showed multiple Hoover school system students making anti-Semitic and racist comments, WBRC reported.

“F--k n-----s, f--k Jews,” one person said in the video, according to CBS News.

“Jews are fine because they’re white,” a female countered. “We just need n-----s gone. Mixed Oreos? What are you gonna do with them?”

“You stick them in concentration camps,” a male responded.

The disturbing footage was shared widely online.

"We will not stand for it,” Hoover City Schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy said. “Certainly, videos and conversations or words that have been used in our school district that we find deplorable have certainly brought us to focus on this.”

Under the proposal, students found to have violated the school’s code of conduct rules could face potential expulsion, WBMA reported.

Students would only face repercussions for off-campus behavior that disrupts the learning environment, school officials said.

“If that comes back to our school, and in any way is hurtful, demeaning, disrupts the educational environment for us. We have all intent to address those matters,” Murphy told WBRC.

"We are not going to tolerate inappropriate language and actions between, among students that come back to our school district that are hurting our children and that are disrupting the learning environment for our children," she added to WBMA.

Many people are questioning whether or not the proposal would give schools too much authority over off-campus incidents.

"From what I've seen I think a lot of people are probably against the board trying to get in the kid's life to that extent,” parent Brent Woodall told WBMA. “If something happens, they need to contact the parents and let that be handled at home. If it happens at school, yes that is the school's responsibility."

“I get concerned when the school wants to police things that are not school-related,” parent Deborah Lockridge agreed, according to the Hoover Sun. “I feel like it goes too far…There’s just too much gray area here that could lead to abuse.”

Others believe the proposal has been a long time coming.

“I think that it’s something that probably should have been done a while ago,” parent April Collins told WBRC. "We have to start with the students. We have to start at that young age so they will carry it for life and they’ll know that we are all equal."

"You know we may have different colors or different backgrounds, but we cannot treat people differently because of that," Collins added.

The school board said it has contacted the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice to get feedback about the proposal.

The Hoover Board of Education is expected to discuss and vote on the potential policy change during its next meeting on June 4, the Hoover Sun reported.

Comments (21)
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Georgia
Georgia

Taking too much authority, they have no right to do anything to a student for an action that did not happen on school grounds. This is a public school system and by doing this they are infringing on the rights of the kids.

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

Off school property and not participating in a school function; the school has no authority to punish the student. But to make them aware that their idiotic behavior is known and not appropriate is fine, and close observation while in school would be within the schools authority to insure that such gross behavior does not occur at school!

K-9 319
K-9 319

They are pretty much over stepping their bounds. If students use that type of language and put it on video, the police should be involved, not the school board.

JBo
JBo

Despicable comments but made outside of the campus. This would seem to be more of a parental thing than a school board thing, otherwise, where would it stop? Now...on school property or at school events or even near school property and events, that's totally different.

fuzz2239
fuzz2239

Slippery slope to limit speech no matter how vile or racist. The best tool is in the hands of both involvement of the family and a mandatory class on racism and how it infects society and injures Jewish and African members of their community.

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

This will bite them in the butt, big time! What they need to do is tell the parents to wake up and do their job as parents; respect & dignity!! Wake Up America....Time to Get A Pair!

Sailor
Sailor

This district's response is indicative of the left's narcissistic, obsessive need to have control over anyone or anything by any means necessary to attain their idiosyncratic view of what is "best" for all of us. So, free speech rights do not exist from their point of view. Individual rights are to be restricted and/or eliminated for our "common good", to eliminate racism, or any other fantasy they create.

Turk182
Turk182

1st amendment protects stupid people and stupid speech. Schools over stepping just like the schools who suspend kids exercising 2A by posting pix or videos of them at a range. This does nothing but encourage tattling and embolden "red flag" behavior police. If threats are made then call police.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Good luck with this! Protected free speech, even when you don't agree with it, is still protected free speech.

Storm45
Storm45

Raising cupcakes and destroying the idea of personal liberty. People, not just kids, need to understand that freedom is messy.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This is an issue the parents need to deal with. Not the school.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

This is in AL do you think there going to call all the blacks standing around calling people n....s or cr..ers no i would bet anything that most of the school board is black and this is a policy aimed at white people you did notice where it said they contacted the naacp for there advice lol that tells it all when are they going to contact the naawp lol

Grandmoi
Grandmoi

No, no and hell no ! This is America...our constitution gives ALL of us the right to free speech..Too bad if I'm offended by what you say...too bad if you are offended by what I say...people who want "hate speech" to be a crime need to move to Canada. The old adage applies..."I hate what you have to say but I will defend your right to say it." There should be no law preventing the utterances of jerks. Schools have ZERO rights to the speech of students outside of the school grounds...period.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Wow, Nazi Germany in Alabama! See there is this old document that gives people some rights including the Right of Free Speech. Some of us hold this document in much higher regard that others do. I can't wait until there is a severe backlash to this in the form of a huge class-action suit against the school and individual board members where punitive damages are demanded. The kids have the same rights as adults to speak their mind. The school lacks jurisdiction to even consider doing this. We'll be reading about this again I'm sure!!

61mouse
61mouse

Have fun with that

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

How about they just worry about “during school” and “on campus” first. If you can’t even control shit during those times, don’t even think about trying to regulate or control shit any other time. Maybe like worry about securing the schools? Bullying? Teachers f**king students? I don’t know maybe more important things like anything other than this.

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

Meanwhile, "students" who threaten, verbally and physically, assault, etc. their teachers and fellow students are allowed to remain in these same schools...

I guess that's not as "offensive"... / sarcasm