School official thankful for ADF's legal advice

Friday, May 17, 2013
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

ADF is pleased that a North Dakota school took immediate steps to place a student's pro-life poster back on a wall after receiving a letter from the legal group.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jonathan Scruggs explains that as part of an assignment, their client created a pro-life poster that the principal ordered to be taken down after just one parent complained. But as the attorney notes, restricting speech based on one complaint is known in legal circles as a "heckler's veto."

Scruggs

"The parent of a high school student called and complained, and the principal, wanting to avoid, I assume, controversy, ordered our client to take down that poster," he reports.
 
But just one day after receiving the letter from his firm, the school replaced the poster. Griggs County Principal Travis Jordan even thanked ADF for the legal advice.

"So, we know that we've done a good job ... when we're getting thanked not just by students, but by school officials for the effort that we've done in clarifying the rights that all Americans have under the First Amendment," says Scruggs.

Michayla Maertens' poster, a collage of pro-life messages like as "Life Not Abortion," was part of an assignment requiring students to advocate for a current issue.

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