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Leaked Docs: Prestigious DC School Poised To Crack Down on ‘Harmful' Humor

Added 10-12-21 05:20:04am EST - “Students at one of the oldest and most prestigious boys schools in the United States could soon face expulsion for a single "misplaced" joke, according to a draft "anti-bias" policy circulating among school administrators and obtained…” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “Leaked Docs: Prestigious DC School Poised To Crack Down on ‘Harmful’ Humor - Washington Free Beacon”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Long seen as a conservative holdout among private schools, the St. Albans School could soon expel students for one off-color joke.

Students at one of the oldest and most prestigious boys schools in the United States could soon face expulsion for a single "misplaced" joke, according to a draft "anti-bias" policy circulating among school administrators and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

St. Albans, whose alumni include vice presidents and two current U.S. senators, is considering a crackdown on "harmful" speech that prioritizes the impact of the speech rather than the intent of the speaker.

"It is the impact of hate speech, rather than the intent of those perpetrating it, that is of utmost importance," the draft policy states. As such, boys could be expelled "even in the case of a single expression, act, or gesture"—including "misplaced humor," which the policy says "should be reported immediately to the student’s adviser."

Reporting infractions would fall to students, teachers, and parents. "We also expect that anyone, whether student, faculty, staff, or family member, who witnesses, or has knowledge of an incident of hate speech, will report the incident to the appropriate individual," the draft policy reads, clarifying that nobody will be punished for making "a good faith report."

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