Lewis Mills Students
Student Brings School
Battle To Federal Court
Girl Claims Right To Free Speech Violated
POSTED: 5:08 pm EDT August 22, 2007
UPDATED: 7:14 pm EDT August 22, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- While many kids and their parents get some back-to-school shopping done, one Connecticut high school student is headed to federal court.
Avery Doninger said that her rights were trampled when she was denied a spot in the race for class secretary. She claims that she was punished for a remark she made about Lewis Mills High School administrators on her Internet blog.
Doninger said that the posting led administrators to ban her from running for re-election as senior class secretary. She filed a lawsuit, stating that her right to free speech was violated.
"The fact that many people don't understand that students, particularly high school students, have first amendment rights and they cannot be trampled on by the arbitrary actions of administrators needs to be resolved," Doninger's attorney John Schoenhorn said.
Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Eric Parker reported that the first day of the three-day hearing featured testimony by two of Doninger's fellow students about the postponed Battle of the Bands event that led first to an angry e-mail and then to the online posting.
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