School settles lawsuit, drops demands for disclaimer

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

A charter school in California that was being sued for religious discrimination conceded last week by agreeing to change an unconstitutional policy.

An elementary school girl in Loomis was scolded on several occasions by school personnel for handing out flyers during recess inviting friends to church events. Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute filed a lawsuit against the Placer County School on behalf of her family in federal court.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)"This clearly violates the First Amendment rights of students," the attorney tells OneNewsNow. "The Supreme Court in the past has made it very clear that students' free-speech rights do not stop at the schoolhouse gate, much less prevent a child from inviting two of her friends to church."

Dacus says the school wanted material that was handed out to have a disclaimer attached exonerating the school from having anything to do with the content of the message. The attorney dispels that argument.

"The problem, of course, is that it's very obvious when a child invites another child to church it's not the school doing it," he explains. "This is just an encumbrance and an intimidating hindrance."

According to the Pacific Justice Institute, this settlement is important not only for the youngster's family but also for many children across the country who will benefit by having their schools learning a lesson from this episode.

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