Wow.  Boiling down the court’s explanation, here’s what they said:   “The school staff actually thought that the possibility of division, litter, and an undesired public perception was enough to ignore the BILL OF RIGHTS.  Note the name of that document … it’s a bill, and it describes some of our RIGHTS.

From CitizenLink.org

4-2-2007

Court Rules in Favor of Free Speech for Elementary-School Girl

A federal district court determined a New York fourth-grader can pass out religious literature during noninstructional time.

In 2004, Nat Perry Elementary School officials told Michaela Bloodgood she could not hand out fliers that explained her belief in Jesus Christ. The school said there was potential for divisiveness, litter and the perception that the school was endorsing a religious message.

Liberty Counsel represented Bloodgood in a suit that contended that the school cannot ban literature distribution by students during noninstructional time without violating the First Amendment.

The court agreed. The opinion stated that “none of the reasons the District articulated for denying [the student’s] request” were enough “to overcome the right of freedom of expression.”
Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, said religious speech is constitutionally protected, even in public school.
“School officials had no right to silence Michaela’s personal Christian testimony,” he said. “She has every right to express her religious views at school, and that right has been vindicated.”

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