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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Calif. School District Implements Snitching Database for Students

'No matter the student’s age, bias reporting systems violate their First Amendment rights because they scare students into silence out of fear of being reported to administrators for saying the ‘wrong’ thing...'

(Dmytro “Henry” AleksandrovHeadline USA) A school district in California implemented a reporting system that students can use to snitch on anyone who says something or acts in a way that doesn’t align with leftist dogma.

The Acalanes Union High School District’s Bias Incident Reporting System works to promote “safe environments” for students by creating a system where students can anonymously submit “incidents of harm” for review. The Bias Incident Team can be used by students to report incidents of “racism,” “bias,” “sexism” and “microaggressions,” even though the website stated that the system does “not tell people how to think or talk.”

The Daily Caller reported that an anonymous mother of one of the students in the district said that the district releases a report every month on the topics that have been reported. Some of those topics are related to “gender identity,” racial bias and sexism.

“Whatever someone can be offended by is reported and it goes through a system of review,” she said.

According to the AUHSD Bias Reporting Procedures document, sexual harassment, homophobia, cyberbullying, discrimination and hate speech are considered potential offenses. After a report is filed, a Bias Incident committee meets to determine whether “disciplinary” or “restorative” consequences are warranted.

According to the document, disciplinary consequences would be reserved for reports that include sexual harassment or bullying, and restorative consequences would be reserved for offenders who made “insensitive” comments.

The mother of one of the students said that the system is a “slippery slope” that focuses on keeping complaints internal rather than escalating complaints to the proper channels, adding that the complaints that are filed are “subjective.”

The California school district is not the only place where similar systems have been implemented. Watchdog group Speech First released a report in 2022 that showed over half of colleges and many high schools across the country use similar systems to monitor biased incidents on campus.

“No matter the student’s age, bias reporting systems violate their First Amendment rights because they scare students into silence out of fear of being reported to administrators for saying the ‘wrong’ thing,” said CeCe O’Leary, a Southeastern Legal Foundation attorney who often challenges such systems.

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