- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Cascade High School now has a free speech zone and an amended policy on written materials that can be passed out on campus as a result of a senior student’s lawsuit.

The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/1FrVT20) the California-based Pacific Justice Institute filed the lawsuit on behalf of Michael Leal in November. The lawsuit said Leal’s freedom of speech was violated when he was suspended three times for handing fellow students copies of a 52-page collection of Bible quotes.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly ruled unconstitutional an Everett School District policy that only content produced or written by students can be handed out.

His ruling removed the suspensions from Leal’s student record and awarded him $1 in damages. Zilly says the attorneys can collect costs from the district.

District officials say they suspended Leal because his behavior was disruptive.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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