A school is under fire for targeting pro-life activists, denying students the right to post flyers with messages promoting the Right to Life.
None of the flyers at Ryle High School were graphic or obscene, they simply promoted the students views on the abortion issue. That was evidently too much for the school’s Principal.
According to Cincinnati.Com:
“A Boone County high school is under fire from anti-abortion advocates – with lawyers demanding a student be allowed to display fliers they say were initially rejected by school officials.
The case involves seven anti-abortion fliers, six of which were deemed “too controversial” by Larry A. Ryle High School Principal Matthew Turner, according to a release from Students for Life of America, a nationwide anti-abortion organization for youth.”
The article continues:
“The situation stems back to August, the beginning of the school year, when senior Patrick Edwards started posting fliers for the Ryle Students for Life club, according to the release. Turner told Edwards he had to submit the fliers ahead of time for approval, the release states, and six out of seven options were rejected.
The flier that was approved features a quote from Anne Frank: How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. One of the rejected fliers features a picture of a panda bear holding a sign: Save the baby humans.
Another rejected flier has what looks like a protest scene, with people hoisting posters under a block of text: We are not counter-cultural. We are not the minority. We are not losing.
“Other student clubs and students have been allowed to post fliers taking various positions and I was specifically told my fliers could not be posted because the issue was too controversial,” Edwards said in the release. “I believe it’s important to be able to share positive pro-life messages with my peers, especially with students who may be facing an unplanned pregnancy or know someone who is. Our aim is never to discriminate but to lovingly present the pro-life message and make a positive impact on our school community.”
Students for Life argues that Turner and the school are discriminating against Edwards and violating his rights.”