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School sued over free-speech rights

November 12, 2008|Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a high school in north San Diego County, saying it violated free-speech rights by scrapping its journalism class and removing the faculty advisor to the student newspaper.

The dispute centers on two articles -- a November 2007 story that reported on the superintendent's alleged refusal to close Fallbrook High School during last year's wildfires, and a May editorial that questioned abstinence-only sex education.

In its lawsuit filed Monday in San Diego County Superior Court, the ACLU asks that the journalism class be restored and that Dave Evans be returned to his job as faculty advisor.

Dan Shinoff, an attorney for the Fallbrook Union High School District, said the principal thought the article on the wildfires was inaccurate and that the faculty advisor allegedly wrote the editorial on sex education.

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