ADF attorneys have gone before the Third U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals to argue for a student's right to distribute Christmas
party flyers at a Pennsylvania school.
Last year the superintendent of the Pocono
Mountain School District banned a fifth-grader from distributing
flyers inviting classmates to a Christmas party at her church.
Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel Matt
Sharp tells OneNewsNow a district court has already ruled in favor
of the young student, "ruling that this was her personal
expression, this invitation, and that she had the right to share it
and to distribute it at school to her classmates."
"The school district then appealed it to the Third Circuit, and
last week, we had an oral argument before the Third Circuit panel,"
the attorney explains.
He asserts that many of the restrictive policies present on
school campuses throughout the country are outdated and
unconstitutional and need to be revoked or revised.
"The more and more we have these cases and these court rulings …
we can really continue the momentum we have," Sharp offers. "And
school districts will start to get the message and hopefully will
take their own steps to revoke these policies rather than it having
to be done through legal action or something like that."
Though the Pocono Mountain School District's policies were
revised last year, the court found those alterations insufficient
to stop further violations of students' constitutional rights.
In a similar situation, an elementary school in Florida kept a
fourth-grader from distributing invitations to an Easter egg hunt
earlier this year. ADF took on that case as well.