Christian Students Win Equal Access

May 13, 2014

Last night the Lake County, Florida, School Board voted unanimously to enter into a Consent Decree granting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at Mount Dora High School the same rights as other non-curricular student clubs. Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit earlier this spring and sought a preliminary injunction.

If approved by the court, the Consent Decree will grant FCA 100% of the injunctive relief it sought in the litigation:

• Access to the public address system for club announcements,
• Access to bulletin boards and school marquee for club announcements,
• Permission to post club flyers and information in and around classrooms where FCA meets,
• A club webpage on the district’s website,
• Permission for club members to wear a colored cord at graduation to signify club membership, and
• Inclusion of the club in the school yearbook.

As approved by the school board, the Consent Decree also establishes that the district violated the constitutional and statutory rights of FCA. The Consent Decree requires the district to pay $315 in damages for these violations, as well as attorney’s fees.

Public schools cannot treat Christian students as constitutional orphans. It is a shame that the school board stubbornly refused for several years to listen to reason and forced FCA to file a lawsuit to vindicate its right to equal access and equal treatment. We are thrilled to return the Constitution from exile in Lake County Schools.

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