United States District Court/Amicus

Ronald K. Chen/Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic; Ed Barocas/ACLU-NJ

The ACLU-NJ participated as amicus in a District Court case regarding the right of a high school student to wear an armband that says "Life" and to engage in silence (other than during classroom time) as an expression of her views on abortion. According to the complaint, Bridgeton school officials told the student that she was not permitted to engage in such "religious" speech. Our brief in support of the student explains that, so long as the speaker is a student rather than a government official, then religious speech should be protected to the same extent as any other type of speech. The federal district court ruled in C.H.'s favor and issued a permanent injunction against the school. The school may not prohibit her from wearing an armband or passing out flyers.

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