- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the Everett School District to pay more than $120,000 in legal fees to settle a dispute with a Cascade High School student.

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1Mmadz9 ) that U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly issued the decision Aug. 6.

Michael Leal sued Everett Public Schools in 2014 after he’d been suspended three times for handing out religious pamphlets and preaching at school events.

Leal claimed the district was infringing on his constitutional right of free speech.

The district said he was suspended for violating policies that say students shouldn’t disrupt school activities.

Zilly expunged the suspensions from Leal’s record, saying he could preach but not disrupt the institution.

Everett schools superintendent says he’s disappointed the district has to pay legal fees since Leal did not prevail on all points.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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