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October 24, 2014, 11:54 am
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Unity Summit Tackles Bullying, Other Acts Of Hatred And Intolerance


Video from Monday's Unity Summit

The head of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says there is no constitutional protection for bullying. 

 

Martin Castro… who previously headed up the Illinois Human Rights Commission before being appointed to the federal panel… appeared in Springfield as the keynote speaker at the city’s Unity Summit, aimed at developing plans to prevent and respond to acts of hate and intolerance. 

 

Castro says the types of actions involved in most bullying are not protected speech.  And he says putting a stop to bullying is not only essential to protect the victim, but to stop the bully from increasingly aggressive actions that could eventually lead to violence.

 

The summit at the Springfield Hilton also included a tabletop exercise to test how the city and various agencies would respond to hate-based incidents.

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