Hononegah faces lawsuit file by student

Gun Rights

ROCKTON – Jeremy Oster, on behalf his 16-year-old daughter, Madison Oster, has filed a lawsuit against the Hononegah School District claiming its policies led to discrimination of those supporting the second amendment. "She was treated horribly for standing up for a position which might be considered unpopular. The school is not supposed to be ostracizing and making you into an object of scorn and ridicule. It should foster divergent viewpoints. High school students don’t need to be shielded from opposing viewpoints or those considered unpopular," said David G. Sigale of Sigale Law Firm, the attorney for the plaintiffs. Hononegah Assistant Superintendent Kim Suedbeck said the district hasn’t been officially served notice of the lawsuit yet and she said she would be refraining from comment until district officials can review the complaint. A complaint filed July 30 in the U.S. District Court in Rockford names the district as well as Superintendent Michael Dugan, executive associate principal Chad Dougherty and Principal Eric Flohr. The lawsuit is being funded by 2nd Amendment Foundation out of Bellevue, Washington, according to Sigale. During a walkout event at Hononegah High School on March 14 held in partial response to the shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018, Hononegah administrators allowed students to express viewpoints promoting gun control and restrictions, but segregated students with opposing views such as Madison Oster. Prior to the walkout, Jeremy Oster notified the district his daughter would be carrying signs expressing her pro-gun views. On […]

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