WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a decision granting immunity to public school principals who stopped students from handing out religious items.
Four Dallas-area families sued in 2004, claiming their youngsters were banned from giving away pencils saying "Jesus is the reason for the season" and candy canes with cards describing the treats' Christian origin.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that was "discrimination against student speech solely on the basis of religious viewpoint," but granted the principals immunity from facing court damages.
Liberty Institute, which is representing the families, expressed disappointment but said it will continue to try to hold the school district responsible.
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