Holmes County Schools to Pay ACLU $325000

A federal judge has ordered a small, rural Panhandle school to pay the American Civil Liberties Union some $325,000 in legal fees.

This follows Ponce De Leon student Heather Gilman's successful civil rights suit in May.

Judge Richard Smoak said the school violated Heather's constitutional right of free speech after a ban on clothing and stickers featuring rainbows.

The rainbow is often used to promote gay rights.

Many civil rights laws have provisions that entitle successful plaintiffs to recover attorneys' fees.

There is no word on whether the Holmes County School District will appeal the judge's decision on payment to the A.C.L.U.


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  • by Gwen Boles Location: Westville, FL on Jul 8, 2008 at 08:23 PM
    The ACLU may not be funded by the government, but I believe what the person was saying about Tax Payers is that you can bet it will cost us the parents who are tax payers who have children that attend Holmes County Schools in the long run. I personally would not have a problem with uniforms because maybe it would put a stop to all this nonsense.(I'm not trying to step on the toes of the kids that are at school for an education because they shouldn't have to deal with this kind of crap). I really wish it would have been a jury trial becuase the outcome would have been totally opposite.
  • by Karole Location: in my Church on Jul 8, 2008 at 06:54 PM
    i hope the Christian students are just as active in the school as the gays if not more so. it's funny but the liberals do not understand the big debate between the gays and Christians.....get Barack to comment on that one............and watch him stutter.....
  • by Bobby Location: Dothan on Jul 8, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    This ruling just goes to show you the sorry stste that our Federal Judicial System is in. The ACLU will make a fortune because the girl broke a school rule. I hope Holmes County can take this to a higher court. Maybe they could get a jury trial. $320,000 because of a rainbow shirt. What is this world coming to?
  • by Kris Location: The Real World on Jul 8, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    The ACLU doesn't rely on ANY government funding therefore, the tax payers have ZERO expense! Check your facts before posting.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2008 at 04:36 AM
    Perhaps if this school had mandatory dress (School) uniforms the Issue of the "Rainbow" would have never come up in the first place. The ACLU is very active in Gay Rights and other Liberal Activities and will continue to do so at the expense of Tax Payers.
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