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NJ’s Trash Talk Ban

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A ban on discriminatory trash talk in high school sports is now in effect in New Jersey and has many people asking if it’s long overdue or if it goes too far.

The policy makes New Jersey among the toughest in the nation for banning comments related to race, gender and sexual orientation during sporting events. Referees are now required to report all incidents to authorities where students and those attending the event could face possible civil rights violations.

Steve Timko of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association said that these tough policies are necessary to teach young people about how to act in society.

The first case to be investigated took place after a soccer player allegedly called another player the “N” word. However, there were no further charges in this case.

There also has been a lot of talk lately about the need for these policies after New Jersey native and pro-football player Richie Incognito was suspended by the NFL for racial bullying.

Attorney Tariq El Shabazz says that some speech can’t be protected.

On social media sites, people are responding to the new ban with mixed feelings. One Facebook user named Doug said, “I think kids have way too much freedom. Time to hold them accountable for their actions.”

However, another user, Eileen, countered that saying, “Suspensions are ok, civil rights charges I think go too far."

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