“But what if it were illegal to talk about your issue, whatever that may be. If we can criminalize speech opposing one issue, then we can criminalize speech on other issues, and that is my concern,” he said.
Councilman Tom Kovach said the proclamation was “about the safety of children. That's all it is about. It's not always minorities that are bullied … statistics indicate 75 percent of schoolchildren are bullied.”
Kovach said he appreciated Spaulding's “honesty and opinion. That's free speech. Nobody wants to impose limits on what someone says. We are just asking people to say it in a civil manner.”
Spaulding said children need help from their parents to counter bullying.
“They need to impart to their children that they are loved and important and that they can overcome things. They need it imparted continuously to them,” he said.
The proclamation doesn't talk about parenting, he said, or include “any reasonable measures” to combat bullying.