A federal court has suspended a Florida school's policies that
banned a student from handing out invitations to an Easter egg
hunt. The case against the district, however, is not over.
Sharp of the Alliance Defending Freedom has been defending a
fourth grader's rights to distribute invitations to religious
see earlier story). He says the lawsuit against the
Hillsborough County School Board seeks to make the preliminary
injunction against unconstitutional restrictions permanent.
"So far we haven't had any response from the school in all of
this," Sharp reports. "We're hoping that they will do the right
thing, now that the court has ruled on this, and agree to strike
down these policies permanently and allow our client to engage in
religious expression at school, along with all other students in
the Hillsborough County schools."
The ADF attorney points out that elementary-age students have
the same constitutional free-speech rights as adults.
"Students have the right to engage in religious speech at
school," he notes, "and schools should be welcoming the free
exchange of ideas among students, whether it's an Easter egg hunt
invitation or anything like that at school."
Last March, the principal at Roland H. Lewis Elementary
prevented the defendant from handing out Easter egg hunt
invitations, even though others are routinely allowed to distribute
invitations to non-religious events.