DOJ files statement of interest in 'disturbing schools' law

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit that challenges South Carolina's "disturbing schools" law, which makes it a crime to act in an obnoxious manner on school grounds.

The Post and Courier of Charleston ( ) reports that the law was written nearly a century ago to protect girls' schools from intruders. The law has since been used to arrest students in South Carolina schools.

In August, the American Civil Liberties Union helped file a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law. The plaintiffs are seeking a court order that would stop police from enforcing the disturbing schools law.

The DOJ's filing on Monday states that it's the department's duty to protect children's behavior from being criminalized.


Information from: The Post and Courier,

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