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FIRE in New Jersey's 'Star-Ledger': Federal Bullying Law Not the Answer to Rutgers Basketball Scandal - FIRE
FIRE Legislative & Policy Director Joe Cohn takes to the pages of Newark‘s The Star-Ledger this morning to rebut calls from New Jersey elected officials to pass new federal anti-bullying legislation in the wake of the Rutgers basketball scandal. Pointing out that former basketball coach Mike Rice’s behavior was already prohibited by Rutgers policy and existing laws, Joe argues that broad federal anti-bullying legislation would only serve to threaten protected speech on campus. Joe writes: People nationwide are understandably shocked by Rice’s behavior, and criticism of Rutgers’ handling of the situation rightfully continues. However, the controversy has also led …