No Free Speech In Tennessee School If It’s Not PC

Bryan Glover, Fired for Song That Was Not PC

The song that got him fired –

This occurred in 2010.

Bryan Glover was an assistant coach at Grassland Middle School near Nashville when he co-wrote the country music song, “When You’re Holding a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail.”

It was co-written with a parent who has a child on the team. Glover, 26, emailed a copy of the song to friends, family members and player’s parents through his personal email account.

Glover told Fox News Channel 5 in Nashville that some parents complained about the “politically charged lyrics.” The Principal then ordered the coach fired. The Principal said the song had racial overtones.

Did you hear any racial overtones? I sure didn’t.

Principal Mike Looney, I Won't Joke About His Name

Free Speech is already limited –

Schools have great latitude to control the speech in a classroom though this took place outside the classroom.

Even though some scholars view unprotected speech in different ways, there are basically nine categories of limited free speech –

  • Obscenity
  • Fighting words
  • Defamation (includes libel, slander)
  • Child pornography
  • Perjury
  • Blackmail
  • Incitement to imminent lawless action
  • True threats
  • Solicitations to commit crimes

Some experts also would add treason, if committed verbally. Plagiarism of copyrighted material is also not protected.