"19. Freedom of Expression. We
all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to
say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people."
Now read the short story about this important human right.
Freedom of Expression
Stan is in the sixth grade. He is a bully and picks on younger kids. Lately, Stan focuses on Benjamin, a shy fourth-grader.
on the playground, Stan makes fun of Benjamin's clothes. He makes fun
of the trailer that Benjamin lives in. He says Benjamin is from outer
space, and many of the other kids laugh.
Mr. Acker, a teacher, overhears this. He tells Stan to stop.
says, "What? I have a right to say what is on my mind! You teach about
that, Mr. Acker! I believe it is called the freedom of expression,
Mr. Acker shakes his head. "No, Stan, this is not right.
The freedom of expression does not give you the right to be a bully. It
does not give you the right to hurt people or to say false things about
"Whatever," Stan argues. "I just express myself."
not whatever," Mr. Acker continues. "We learn about human rights so
that we can help people, not so that we can hurt them. With rights come
responsibilities. We must use these rights for good, not for evil."
"Whatever," Stan says again, but then he looks at Benjamin and says, "Sorry Benjamin."
Acker thinks maybe some of his explanation got through to Stan, but it
is obvious from the looks on the other kids' faces that it got through