An 18 year old girl is suing her former school district in California for violating her right to free speech when they disciplined her in 2002 for saying “That’s so gay!”, when classmates teased her for being Mormon by asking if she had ten moms. The Santa Rosa School District had adopted a strict hate speech policy after two students had been paid to beat up a gay classmate.
Is that a slope just up ahead? Does the reclaiming of former hate words like “queer” cloud the issue? The lawyer for the school district says, “The district has a statutory duty to protect gay students from harassment. In furtherance of this goal, prohibition of the phrase `That’s so gay’ … was a reasonable regulation.” A teacher quoted in the article says that some students argue “That’s so gay” has been “decontextualized”. Will the relentless march of the PC police ever stop? Do you want them to?
Next on the chopping block: “That sucks!” It’s pure hate speech against cocksuckers!
UPDATE: SF’s Bay Area Reporter has a more extensive report.