Thursday, May 3, 2007

4th Circuit upholds York County's removal of materials from teacher's bulletin board

In a First Amendment case, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith that the York County school district did not act improperly when it removed Christian-themed materials from a teacher's classroom bulletin board. Upon review, the court determined that the removed items were "curricular in nature" designed to "impart particular knowledge" to the students, and therefore the school could regulate the materials. In conclusion, the court stated that this case does not impact First Amendment rights and is "nothing more than an ordinary employment dispute."