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Lawsuit: Student's Free Speech Violated After Turning In LGBTQ Essay


Added 03-14-19 03:29:02pm EST - “A fourth-grade student who wrote an essay on LGBTQ rights was forced to write a new essay after she was told the topic "would create a undesirable situation at the school," according to a lawsuit.” - Stlouis.cbslocal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Stlouis.cbslocal.com: “Lawsuit: Student’s Free Speech Violated After Turning In LGBTQ Essay”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Hannah Robertson, who filed the suit on behalf of her minor daughter, claims the school’s principal told her that it was “not age-appropriate to discuss transgenders, lesbians and drag queens outside of the home.”

Robertson is suing Spartanburg County School District 6, Anderson Mill Elementary School and Principal Elizabeth Foster.

She claims Foster violated her daughter’s First Amendment right to free speech and caused both mother and daughter emotional distress and is seeking $1 million in damages, according to told CBS affiliate WSPA.

Robertson’s attorney, Eric Poston, said they want to hit the district financially to help send a message to other school leaders in the state.

“Fundamentally she wants people like her grandfather to be treated equally and in a state like South Carolina, you’re gonna need more than a hammer. You’re gonna need a gun,” Poston told WSPA.

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