Free speech / free exercise case at Columbine High School
volokh at mail.law.ucla.edu
Mon Oct 22 20:18:10 PDT 2001
The opinion isn't on WESTLAW yet, so all I have to go on is the AP story,
DENVER (AP) _ Columbine High School officials violated
Amendment when they removed several ceramic tiles
painted in memory of
two victims of the 1999 shootings, a judge ruled
The tiles, some of which depict crosses and the date
of the attack, must be
restored to the school, U.S. District Judge Wiley
Daniel ruled. He said the
tiles were part of the healing process after the April
20, 1999, shootings that
left 15 dead, including the two teen-age gunmen.
The 4-inch ceramic tiles were painted in a project to
renovate the school.
The school district said counselors had warned the art
should not be a
memorial to the victims, and banned religious symbols,
the date of the attack,
and victims' names, though some people painted them
``I was invited to paint tiles for the reason that my
son was killed in the
school,'' Sue Petrone, mother of slain student Daniel
Rohrbough, said after
the ruling. ``It was very important to create a
memorial to my son.''
Relatives and a friend of Rohrbough and another slain
Fleming, filed the suit, saying the school district's
ban violated free speech
and showed hostility toward religion. . . .
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