First Amendment Concerns Arise Over Charges Against Batavia Mother For Emails Sent To School Officials

Wagswoofs – The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects two essential rights: free speech and the right to petition the government to address grievances.

But when does expressing grievances to government officials become harassment?

According to Constitutional scholar Jared Carter, crossing that bar is a significant challenge, as it should be.

Carter, a professor of Law at Vermont Law and Graduate School, is also a counsel with the Cornell Law School First Amendment Clinic in Ithaca. With a specialization in First Amendment cases, Carter brings expertise and experience to his role.

After reviewing available documents, Carter from The Batavian concluded that the Batavia mother who expressed her dissatisfaction with her son’s Spanish class at the Middle School in November did not cross the line between protected speech and harassment.

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