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GUEST OPINION: Fifth-graders have rights to freedom, too

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By CHARLES C. HAYNES
First Amendment Center
When people ask if children in public schools have First Amendment rights, I’m tempted to answer, “Only if you think they’re human.”

After all, the U.S. Constitution recognizes that every person is born with certain inalienable rights not granted by the government, including freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment.

But to be polite, I answer by re-framing the question to ask, “To what extent are students free to exercise their inherent rights in public schools?”


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