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State ACLU Backs Student Opposition To New Torrington Rules

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TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ The American Civil Liberties Union is backing a Torrington student group opposing new rules for the conduct of athletes following the arrests of four football players on statutory rape charges.

Sandy Straub, Connecticut legal director for the ACLU, told school officials in a letter on Monday that the policy would allow officials to punish students for using inappropriate or offensive speech or for criticizing the school district.

School Board Chairman Kenneth P. Traub said the board’s lawyer is reviewing the letter and the board has no opinion.

Students Tomasz Kalinowski, Chris Beyus and Nick Tomchik, who founded the student rights group, said they have been working with the ACLU.

The rules were drafted after the victims in the rape case were subjected to harassment on Twitter.

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