Broad definitions of bullying are bad; Legitimate criticism labeled as bullying

August 5, 2013

by Hans Bader


As I noted earlier, law Professor Eugene Volokh had an interesting post on a Wisconsin town’s “bullying” ordinance, which criminalizes speech by minors as “bullying” or “harassment” if it creates an “offensive” or “hostile” environment, or if it is deemed “emotionally abusive.” (I explained at this link why the ordinance in Monona, Wisconsin, is unconstitutionally vague, and how it would chill speech protected by the First Amendment...