Student Punished for Criticizing Vegetarian

Student Punished for Criticizing Vegetarian

Student Punished for Criticizing Vegetarian

I was noshing on a juicy cheeseburger on my lunch break the other day when I came across a fascinating story in the Washington Post written by Eugene Volokh.

The story involves a New Jersey sixth-grader who ran afoul of the state’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act after he poked fun at a vegetarian classmate. (For you folks on the professional barbecue circuit, a vegetarian is someone who abstains from pork butts.)

“Vegetarians are idiots,” the youngster declared. “It’s not good not to eat meat.”

The 11-year-old, identified in court documents as C.C., went on to tell K.S. (the vegetarian) that “he should eat meat because he’d be smarter and have bigger brains.”

The vegetarian child reported the incident to officials at Lower Middle School in Montgomery Township.

At that point, the school’s anti-bullying specialist launched an investigation to determine if the meat-lover had “committed an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying.”

By the way – Montgomery Township employs ten anti-bullying specialists. Ten.

The school district’s investigation determined the youngster’s anti-vegetarian comments “were reasonably perceived as being motivated by a distinguishing characteristic between the two boys, namely vegetarianism, which substantially interfered with the rights of K.S. and had the effect of insulting or demeaning him.”


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