Rutherford Institute Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Reverse Ruling Stripping Christian Teacher of Right of Expression in the Classroom

From Nisha N. Mohammed and the Rutherford Institute.

“The Rutherford Institute has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court decision that affirmed the right of school officials to censor a Virginia teacher’s expression by removing news articles and a poster from his classroom that they considered “too religious.” Institute attorneys argue that Tabb High School engaged in viewpoint discrimination when it removed select materials posted by Spanish teacher William Lee in his classroom even though teachers are permitted to post matters of personal and public interest on their classroom walls. The petition filed with the Supreme Court argues that the lower court decision not only violated Lee’s First Amendment rights but sets a dangerous precedent allowing school officials to censor any and all teacher expression. A copy of the Institute’s brief is available here.

“For the sake of educators everywhere, Christian or otherwise, we hope the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes the import of this case and weighs in on the side of free speech in the classroom,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “If teachers are so constrained that they have no latitude in the classroom, they’re going to have trouble teaching, and it will be the students who end up suffering.”

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