School speech policy: Love note okay ... but Constitution? Nah!

Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Another free-speech issue involving campus policy has gone before a federal court. This time a California student contends his school bans the distribution of just about any literature on campus.

The Everett Public Schools in Washington stopped senior Michael Leal who wanted to distribute religious material and witness to students. But Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute tells OneNewsNow that the school's overzealous policy infringes on free-speech rights.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)"The school district has a policy there in Everett that says that you cannot pass out anything that you didn't write yourself – it has to be like a handwritten note," he explains. "So a love note would be acceptable, but a copy of the Constitution would not."

The attorney says school policy dictates that it is up to the sole discretion of the principal to allow any exception to the rule. Dacus calls that "another serious problem" with the policy.

"The government cannot play that kind of a role in being able to silence or censor speech that it does not like or may not personally approve of," he adds.

Dacus believes this case has the potential of going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court because the federal courts take the rights of free speech on campuses very seriously.

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