Portland schools’ gun control walkouts emotionally manipulated students, lawsuit says

Portland schools’ gun control walkouts emotionally manipulated students, lawsuit says

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Four parents have sued the public schools in Portland, Oregon, over accusations that the district emotionally manipulated and coerced its 50,000 students into participating in last year’s walkouts calling for action on gun violence. The nationwide walkouts were held in March 2018 . That was one month after a mass shooting killed 17 students and staff at South Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, making the school massacre among the deadliest in United States history. The lawsuit, which the families filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, accuses Portland Public Schools of using district resources to support gun control, and of creating a “coercive atmosphere within the schools that put [the students of the families suing] under compulsion to participate in the March 14th demonstrations and other anti-gun-related activities.” The alleged anti-gun atmosphere violated the students’ First Amendment rights, and amounted to “mobilizing Portland schoolchildren for political purposes,” the lawsuit alleges. Recaptcha requires verification. protected by reCAPTCHA Privacy – Terms Privacy – Terms SIGN UP Sign Up and Save Get six months of free digital access to The Telegraph SUBSCRIBE WITH GOOGLE #ReadLocal James Buchal — chair of the Republican Party in Multnomah County , which includes Portland — filed the complaint on behalf of the four parents, Willamette Week reports. Buchal is also an attorney. Those suing were forced to subsidize the walkouts through their tax dollars, the lawsuit said. “Many Americans believe that the right to keep and bear arms is the most important fundamental right established in […]

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