ACLU Sues Panhandle School for Suppressing Speech of Students

PONCE DE LEON, Fla. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union claims a Florida Panhandle school kept students from having rainbow stickers on their notebooks, suppressing their right to free speech.

A lawsuit against Ponce de Leon High School was filed Thursday in federal court.

A message was left with the school's administration.

The ACLU says the school told them any form of expression in support for gay rights would "likely be disruptive." It also claims the school board's attorney said a rainbow sticker could mean students are members of an "illegal organization."

In the complaint, the ACLU asks the court for an injunction to stop the school from further suppressing the First Amendment rights of the students.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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