Multnomah County GOP Chairman Sues Portland Public Schools Over Gun Control Protests

Multnomah County GOP Chairman Sues Portland Public Schools Over Gun Control Protests

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Multnomah County GOP Chairman Sues Portland Public Schools Over Gun Control Protests Stents at Benson High School walk out of school in a March 14, 2018 protest of gun violence. (Sam Gehrke) The suit relies heavily on documents released by PPS following a public records request filed by a plaintiff in late March 2018. The lawsuit argues those records revealed a coordinated effort by Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero, the Board, teachers and local anti-gun groups to advocate for stricter gun control with public protests, walkouts and classroom "indoctrination." "We believe the claims made in the lawsuit are baseless, and it is disappointing that this lawsuit will take time and resources away from providing support to our students," PPS told WW . PPS released a statement regarding the district’s position before the March 14 protest that openly acknowledged its support of student-led civil demonstrations: "The District’s position is that these are not protests, but organized school activities. These are efforts to anticipate and safely manage the students who wish to show solidarity with students in Florida. The communications do not say that these are statements against gun violence. These are seen as teachable moments for 17 minutes during the school day, with an opportunity for discussion afterward." Buchal claims that the tax money paid by parents to public schools was partly used to fund and support these various protests without parental knowledge and therefore violates the parents’ First Amendment rights. Buchal also argues that "intimidation within the Portland schools also unconstitutionally […]

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