Conservative Group Threatens Legal Action Over Carmel Abortion Poster

By Andrew Pillow

A group of teens in Carmel High school are getting some unexpected backup on their school project. The group made an anti-abortion poster but administrators took it down.

That caught the attention of the conservative non-profit, Liberty Counsel. Liberty Counsel has threatened legal action against Carmel Clay schools unless the administrators reverse their decision.

Liberty Counsel is alleging that the students in the anti-abortion club had their constitutional rights violated. The group also contends that the abortion sign was unfairly singled out as signs that promoted other ideologies were allowed to remain up.

If a case were to actually make to court, the decision would likely come down to the rationale behind removing the sign.

The Indy Star sums up the argument:

"Schools can limit speech or other forms of expression if it is disruptive and would disrupt the school's education mission," said David Schuman, a professor at the University of Oregon's law school and a former deputy attorney general in the state. "I think what this case is going to come down to is the school's reason for taking down the sign."

Read more here. (Indy Star) 

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.