Pencils stating “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” were confiscated from goodie bags distributed by an elementary student at a school holiday party in Plano, Texas. Another student was told not to give out pencils saying “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so” at her classroom birthday party. Students were prohibited from saying “Christmas” at school and could not write “Merry Christmas” on holiday cards sent to retirement homes, a parent charges.
Elementary students have free-speech rights, as long as they’re not disrupting class, ruled a federal appeals court.
The lawsuit will now proceed in district court, and the families will have to prove they suffered religious-viewpoint discrimination to ultimately win the suit.
Here’s more on the suit from School Law Blog.