ACLU-WV speaks out against Department of Education

Published: Mar. 3, 2018 at 6:48 PM EST
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The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia is speaking out against the Department of Education for making a statement that the ACLU claims violates the first amendment.

On Thursday, the DOE sent out an e-mail that said employees are to "refrain from posting any information on social media regarding the work stoppage". The ACLU says it's unconstitutional for the DOE to limit their employee's personal speech.

"I would encourage people to feel free to speak their minds. If they work for the government and their employer is telling them not to speak out, I would encourage them to reach out to us and see if we can help," said Jamie Lynn Crofts, Legal Director at the ACLU of WV.

The ACLU encourages BOE employees to share their opinions but, before you post, know if what you're sharing is fact or fiction.

"Really watch what you are actually putting on social media, there are so many opinions and so, finding those actual facts is really important," said Christina Rollins, a fourth grade teacher at Suncrest Elementary in Morgantown.

The ACLU will continue to monitor any further actions by the DOE.