Lawsuit: Student’s Free Speech Violated After Turning In LGBTQ Essay

Los Angeles News
MOORE, S.C. (CBS Local) — A fourth-grade student who wrote an essay on LGBTQ rights at her school in South Carolina was forced to write a new essay after she was told the topic “would create a undesirable situation at the school,” according to a lawsuit filed last week in federal court.

Hannah Robertson, who filed the suit on behalf of her minor daughter, claims the school’s principal told her that it was “not age-appropriate to discuss transgenders, lesbians and drag queens outside of the home.”

The lawsuit claims the principal then directed the girl to change her essay topic to bullying.

Robertson is suing Spartanburg County School District 6, Anderson Mill Elementary School and Principal Elizabeth Foster.

She claims Foster violated her daughter’s First Amendment right to free speech and caused both mother and daughter emotional distress and is seeking $1 million in damages, according to told CBS affiliate WSPA.

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