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Christian group accuses school of free speech violation

December 3, 2013

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — A Christian group has filed a federal lawsuit accusing a middle school of violating a student’s First Amendment rights by prohibiting her from handing out fliers promoting a prayer event.

The Alliance Defending Freedom contends a counselor at Robert E. Clark Middle School in Bonner Springs, Kan., violated the student’s rights to free speech and equal protection by refusing to let her post fliers promoting “See You at the Pole,” a national event in which students pray around their school flagpoles.

The group says the counselor told the student that the fliers, which contained Bible verses, could not be posted or distributed at school because of their religious content. The ADF said the district allows other types of materials to be posted and distributed.

Dan Brungardt, superintendent for the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville schools, said Monday he had not seen or heard about the lawsuit, but he said “See You at the Pole” was announced over the school’s intercom system.

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