Suit dropped after school district agrees to neutral speech rule

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

June 27. Yesterday’s Beaumont (TX) Enterprise reports that a lawsuit filed in April against the Nederland (TX) Independent School District by the father of a 3rd grader has now been dropped because the school district has changed its rules in response to the suit.  At issue was the refusal by a teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School to allow the student to hand out to his classmates his handwritten invitations to a meeting at a local Baptist Church of Awana Clubs, an evangelical Christian youth organization. The new school rules provide that now the school district will not discriminate against any religious or non-religious private, “student-to-student non-disruptive speech.”