Parents suing Portland Public Schools for ‘attacking political opponents of gun control’

Parents suing Portland Public Schools for ‘attacking political opponents of gun control’

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EDUCATION PORTLAND, Ore. — Four parents of Portland Public Schools students are suing the district for using public resources to promote outside interest groups and the “personal political preferences” of the school board and its teachers. The lawsuit alleges the parents’ civil rights were violated when the district took part in a national school walkout to protest gun violence on March 14, 2018. That protest followed a mass shooting that killed 17 people at a school in Parkland, Florida a month earlier. The lawsuit was filed on the parents’ behalf by attorney James Buchal, Multnomah County Republican Party Chairman, who argues that the anti-gun demonstrations violated their First and Fourteenth amendment rights. “The district organized and promoted partisan, anti-gun positions on a massive scale, with close coordination between the School Board, the Superintendent, the Portland Association of Teachers, outside anti-gun groups and even local anti-gun politicians,” Buchal said in a statement. “Highly misleading propaganda, coupled with emotional manipulation of 50,000 Portland schoolchildren, allowed PPS to create political theater designed to manipulate public opinion and pressure elected officials to ban guns.” The plaintiffs, two couples with a total of three children attending PPS schools, were forced to subsidize this conduct through their taxes, Buchal said. “In violation of formal PPS policy, high school students were told they did not need parent permission to walk out of classes and participate,” Buchal added. “Even elementary school students were mobilized to spend up to a month in special ‘persuasive writing’ projects to pursue […]

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