Thursday, June 23, 2005

1st Amendment lawsuit dismissed

LaStaysha Myers filed a notice of dismissal of her First Amendment lawsuit against the Webb City R-7 School District today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. No reason was given in court documents.
The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that is can be refiled.
Ms. Myers was one of a dozen Webb City High School students who were sent home after they refused to change gay pride t-shirts they wore to support their fellow student Brad Mathewson. Ms. Myers is not gay but wanted to show support for her friend.
She filed the lawsuit against Superintendent Ron Lankford, High School Principal Steven Gollhofer, and Assistant Principal Jeff Thornberry.
In court filings, school officials have indicated Ms. Myers and other students will be allowed to wear t-shirts with gay pride messages on them during the 2005-2006 school year.

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