Published Online: October 4, 2011
Published in Print: October 5, 2011, as Court Rules Young Students Have Religious-Speech Rights

News in Brief

Court Rules Young Students Have Religious-Speech Rights

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

A full federal appeals court has ruled that elementary school students have First Amendment rights to discuss religion with their classmates.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, in New Orleans, held last week that two school principals in Plano, Texas, likely violated the rights of two students who were barred from distributing items such as religious-themed candy canes to fellow students.

"We hold that the First Amendment protects all students from viewpoint discrimination against private, nondisruptive, student-to-student speech," Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod wrote in her opinion, joined by nine of the 16 participating judges. The ruling applied to two out of several incidents in the lawsuit.

Vol. 31, Issue 06, Page 5

Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented