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ACLU Questions Actions Against Students For Tweets

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WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island ACLU says it’s 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 says Warwick officials deemed the Twitter comments posted during non-school hours as inappropriate and called the students’ parents.

The civil liberties group called the comments tasteless, but says they’re protected free speech and it’s not school officials’ business what students tweet away from school.

A few other Warwick students who posted comments about Gist during the school day were suspended. Warwick officials say profanity is against the student code of ethics.

Starting next year, students will have to score at least partially proficient in reading and math on a standardized test in order to graduate.

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