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WARWICK, R.I.

ACLU questions actions against students for tweets

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The Rhode Island ACLU said it is concerned about actions Warwick school officials took against students who went on Twitter and disparaged state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist over a new graduation testing requirement. The ACLU said Warwick officials deemed the Twitter comments posted outside school hours as inappropriate and called the students’ parents. The civil liberties group called the comments tasteless, but said that they are protected free speech and that it is not school officials’ business what students tweet away from school. Warwick officials said profanity is against the student code of ethics.

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