High School Censors, Discriminates Against Conservative Club
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An Arizona high school is under fire for censoring a Turning Point USA chapter’s speech on social media and in its weekly meetings.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which is representing the conservative club and its student organizer Erin Remfrey, sent a letter Tuesday to officials at the Higley Unified School District in Gilbert for denying them free speech and equal access.
“Public school officials have no business censoring speech and denying equal access to a student group based on its political beliefs,” said ADF Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer, director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom.
“Williams Field High School recognizes dozens of student groups of different perspectives and allows them equal access,” Langhofer added. “By denying these same rights to TPUSA, school administrators are discriminating against its viewpoints and shutting down the free exchange of ideas on campus.”
ADF says the student group has to abide by restrictions that no other student organization on campus has to follow, including turning off comments on social media posts and getting approval by school officials for social media posts.
In the letter, ADF writes that the school must ensure that “Turning Point USA at Williams Field High School will receive the same rights, benefits, and privileges as other non-curricular student clubs.”
The ADF Center for Academic Freedom is dedicated to ensuring freedom of speech and association for students and faculty so everyone can freely participate in the marketplace of ideas without fear of government censorship.