A conservative student club at a Minnesota high school was disbanded by school officials for criticizing students who disrespected the flag and the military.
The Young Conservatives Club at Edina High School posted a video critical of students who refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem during Veterans Day ceremonies. That created a slew of threats from the protesters. The school, however, sided with those protestors and disbanded the club.
Attorney Erik Kaardal of Mohrman, Kaardal & Erickson (MK&E) filed suit on behalf of the conservative students.
"The school policy says you have to respect flag protesters," he relays. "And so the reason they can't have a club is because the school has said, 'Well, you're disrespecting the flag protesters, so you can't have a club.'"
Kaardal, however, contends the school is violating the students' equal access rights of freedom of speech and of association. He also argues the school is attempting to place itself above the U.S. Flag Code and the First Amendment.
"The U.S. Flag Code indicates that we should respect the flag, we should honor the flag, and we should stand during [and] say the Pledge of Allegiance," the attorney explains. "And here the school district is sponsoring putting protests to the flag in a preferred position over honoring the flag."
Because of the nature of the threats, the conservative club's membership has plummeted.