By Tom Ciccotta
A conservative legal organization is planning to pursue action against a public school district in Indiana after administrators removed an anti-abortion’s club posters from a high school’s hallway.
The conservative legal group Liberty Counsel is claiming that the public school district violated the Constitution by censoring the anti-abortion student group’s poster. The poster, which took over 25 hours to make, included hand-painted hearts and the phrase “3,000 Lives Are Ended Each Day.”
“To avoid legal action, please immediately reverse this decision and confirm that the school district will respect the private speech of public school students,” Liberty Counsel Richard L. Mast Jr. wrote in a December 5 letter to Carmel Clay School District Superintendent Nicholas Wahl.A letter from school officials claims that the district is taking Liberty Counsel’s allegations seriously: “Carmel Clay Schools’ staff and administration are treating the claims made in this letter very seriously,” officials said. “We are reviewing the matter to determine what happened and to respond to our students and community in an appropriate and respectful manner.”
The school district claims that the students had permission to place a poster in the hallway but never specifically had their poster design approved.