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In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on student free speech, civil discourse remains at risk

The Supreme Court recently decided that public schools cannot punish students for using profane language on social media while off-campus and not during school hours. Although it is a win for students’ free speech rights, it does not solve the problem of ill-mannered, toxic speech being used today—especially on social media. Civil discourse has declined over recent years and experts point to an increase in technological communication and a lack of understanding of the First Amendment as reasons why.

The Supreme Court cannot legislate civility. Exchanging strong, diverse opinions with respect and maturity is a skill that takes time and practice to learn. It is up to all of us to work at it.