Friday, June 21, 2013

Judge Backs Student Who Said He Couldn't 'Accept Gays'

A federal district judge has ruled that a high school teacher violated the free speech rights of a Michigan student by removing him from class for expressing views that he didn't "accept gays" because of his Roman Catholic faith. In the June 19 decision in Glowacki v. Howell Public School District, U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Duggan of Detroit awarded nominal damages of $1 to Daniel Glowacki, who was a junior at Howell High School in the fall of 2010 when he made the statement. Judge Duggan wrote in the opinion that"[p]ublic schools must strive to provide a safe atmosphere conducive to learning for all students while fostering an environment that tolerates the expression of different viewpoints, even if unpopular, so as to equip students with the tools necessary for participation in a democratic society."



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