Anti-Bullying Policies Are Constitutional

June 19, 2013

The mother of two students at Howell High School filed a lawsuit alleging that the school district’s anti-bullying policies violate her children’s rights to freedom of speech and religion because they were raised to believe that homosexuality is wrong.

In 2012, the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, arguing that both anti-bullying policies and the First Amendment can co-exist, and that Howell’s policy does not impinge on religious students’ First Amendment rights.

In June 2013, Judge Patrick Duggan agreed with the ACLU and rejected the challenge to Howell’s anti-bullying policy.

(Glowacki v. Howell Public School District; ACLU of Michigan Attorneys Jay Kaplan, Dan Korobkin and Michael J. Steinberg; National ACLU Attorney Rose Saxe.)

View the full 2013-2014 Legal Docket.

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