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ACLU Admonishes South Hadley School Board



    ACLU Admonishes South Hadley School Board

    SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union
    says the South Hadley School Committee violated the free speech
    rights of a parent who wanted to speak about the suicide of a
    teenager who killed herself after allegedly being bullied by

    Luke Gelinas was ruled out of order and escorted out of the
    April 14 meeting when he attempted to criticize school officials
    about the handling of the Phoebe Prince case.

    ACLU lawyer William Newman says he sent a letter to the
    committee this month saying cutting Gelinas short was a "clear
    violation" of his First Amendment rights.

    Gelinas and Newman plan to attend Wednesday's meeting and test
    those rights.

    The board's chairman says there have been no attempts to
    infringe on anyone's free speech.

    Six students are facing charges connected to Prince's death.

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