Judge Slaps School for Blocking Gay Websites

Courthouse News – “A federal judge ordered a central Missouri school district to stop using Internet filtering software that blocks access to gay, lesbian and transgender issue-related websites. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey issued a preliminary injunction against the Camdenton R-III School District. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the district in August 2011 on behalf of several gay rights organizations, including the Matthew Shepard Foundation; Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Dignity Inc.”

One Response to “Judge Slaps School for Blocking Gay Websites”

  1. Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries
    February 21, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    And I love this statement, precisely because it goes 100% against the ALA’s anything-goes policy: “It is absolutely possible to protect children from sexually explicit content while also protecting their First Amendment rights.” Here it is in context:

    “The court correctly recognized the constitutional rights of all students to viewpoint-neutral access to information,” said Joshua Block, staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT Project. “It is absolutely possible to protect children from sexually explicit content while also protecting their First Amendment rights. Like thousands of other school districts across the country, Camdenton R-III will now begin using a filtering system that blocks pornography without discriminating against LGBT-related content.”

    http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Court-to-Missouri-school-district-stop-censoring-LGBT-sites/36212.html

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