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HS officials allegedly tear down pro-life club’s display, force members into secret pact

School officials at Carmel High School in Indiana are in hot water after they allegedly tore down a school pro-life club’s poster, and then forced club members to sign an agreement severely limiting their activities.

It seems the ‘ol “heckler’s veto” was at play here — the display had to come down because “another student complained that it was ‘offensive,’” according to Fox-59.

Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said the group Teens for Life complied with “club signage guidelines,” but school personnel removed the display because “signs are not permitted to ‘interfere with what folks are thinking or feeling comfortable with.'”

That’s not at all subjective, eh?

Staver’s organization is representing the club in the matter. He said he would give school officials “a ‘couple of days’ to allow the poster to be hung up and issue an apology to the students or else his organization will file a suit against the district.”

IndyStar confirms the L.C. sent a letter to Carmel Clay Schools Superintendent Nicholas Wahl informing him of just that:

[Liberty Counsel’s Richard L.] Mast contends that administrators unfairly singled out the student group for its anti-abortion message. He also asserts that the high school has allowed posters supporting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and other political clubs.

The district said its attorney contacted Liberty Counsel and the two sides were trying to settle the dispute amicably.

“Contrary to its conversations with (Carmel Clay Schools), Liberty Counsel chose to air its side of the situation publicly,” the corporation said in a statement emailed to IndyStar.

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“Carmel Clay Schools’ staff and administration are treating the claims made in this letter very seriously,” officials said. “We are reviewing the matter to determine what happened and to respond to our students and community in an appropriate and respectful manner.” …

Administrators, Liberty Counsel claims, also wanted Carmel Teens for Life officers to no longer use the word “abortion” in written and oral communications, including posters and on their Facebook page. On Friday, they asked the club members to sign an agreement barring them from seeking outside legal help.

That agreement reads “I will not have communications with outside agencies as a representative of the Teens for Life Club without prior approval from the Sponsors…” and “Prior approval for all communications regarding the Teens for Life Club will be requested from the Teens for Life Club Sponsors…”

The group allegedly was also informed not to use the term “abortion” in any future displays or in “other forms of communication.”

Read the full Fox-59 and IndyStar articles.

h/t to EAGNews.org

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