Public High School Censors Student for Criticizing “Safe Spaces”

A public school student in upstate New York recently wrote a thoughtful and carefully considered piece about the absurdity of “safe spaces” on school campuses.

Richard Falvo is a junior at New Hartford High School and he recently found out what happened when you buck liberal political orthodoxy. The student penned a piece that he titled “Why New Hartford Needs To Stop Labeling Classrooms As ‘Safe Spaces,'” and quickly found out that the school would never let him offer a differing opinion. Instead of publishing the piece, the school told Falvo that his article was “too harsh” to be published in the school paper.

Falvo recently spoke with the Daily Wire about the ugly affair:

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“I write a column titled ‘Prime Time Politics’ where I address my opinion about various political events,” Falvo told The Daily Wire. “This past week I decided to write about why I believe safe spaces are a threat to both the education of students and why they also hinder a teacher’s ability to teach. However, my school wanted nothing to do with my opinion. After multiple English teachers and faculty members at the head of the school discussed my article, they came to the conclusion that the tone of my article could be ‘too harsh’ for some students to read.”

“Safe spaces directly hinder a student’s ability to explore and learn new ideas of thought,” Falvo argues in the unpublished piece. “This is evident from the fact that avoiding controversial or offensive opinions leave a student who chooses a safe space uninformed about the opposing side of a subject.”

Falvo could have never known how true his words were.

Falvo’s story also included the testimony of many notable scholars who disagree with his position.

Yes, you read that correctly, Falvo was more of an adult than the adults given responsibility for his education. While he disagrees with “safe spaces,” he is secure enough and brave enough to actually debate the ideas in an open and free dialogue. Which is more than we can say for the teachers and administrators who run his school.

Falvo told the Daily Wire that while he was censored (on more than one occasion) the same could not be said for the school’s liberals.

Further, the student noted that left-wing groups on campus are free to post on controversial topics, such as war and gay marriage.

“What I find most appalling is that the school allows a club called SJE (Social Justice & Equality) to put canvases up around the school voicing their opinion on subjects such as war and gay marriage,” he said. “However, whenever an opposing (conservative) view is introduced, it is not allowed.”

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children. You can find his writing all over the web.

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