Letter to the Editor

Thursday, July 23, 2020

I do not know, nor have I read the comments, which led to the firing of the school resource officer, and I don’t need too. The First Amendment protects even “vile and reprehensible” comments. The firing may well be actionable under 42 U.S. Code 1983 as a violation of his constitutional right to freedom of expression/speech under color of state law. Whether it is or is not is not the answer to “vile and reprehensible” speech is more free speech and open debate, not a “chilling of free speech”. That’s not how a just society should handle opposing viewpoints.


R.T. Starken