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Judge Backs Student Who Didn’t ‘Accept Gays’

By Mark Walsh — July 09, 2013 1 min read

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.

A version of this article appeared in the July 11, 2013 edition of Education Week as Judge Backs Student Who Didn’t ‘Accept Gays’

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