Published Online: July 9, 2013
Published in Print: July 10, 2013, as Judge Backs Student Who Didn't 'Accept Gays'

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Judge Backs Student Who Didn't 'Accept Gays'

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A federal district judge has ruled that a high school teacher violated the free speech rights of a Michigan student by removing him from class for expressing views that he didn't "accept gays" because of his Roman Catholic faith.

The court awarded nominal damages of $1 to Daniel Glowacki, who was a junior at Howell High School in 2010 when the events occurred.

The judge further held that the Howell school district was not liable in the case because it removed any record of discipline from the student's file and has speech and anti-bullying policies that respect students' First Amendment rights.

Vol. 32, Issue 36, Pages 4-5

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