We first encountered 17-year-old Avery Doninger when we noticed Andy Thibault’s extremely stellar open records work in learning that Avery won the election for secretary of her senior class at Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington, Connecticut in spite of being taken off the ballot for using the word “douchebags” to describe unnamed school officials in a blog post written at home.
Avery’s mother subsequently filed a civil rights lawsuit against principal Karissa Niehoff and superintendent Paula Schwartz, alleging that Avery’s first amendment rights were suppressed by the pair’s decisions.
Sadly, last Friday U.S. District Judge Mark R. Kravitz denied the request for a temporary restraining order.
The case proceeds, and an appeal has been lodged.
Bloggers are starting to pick up on this story, as Aldon Hynes notes at Orient Lodge. Aldon did a great job covering the hearing on the request for a TRO.
Aldon has also started a group on Facebook, Team Avery. This is probably going to be the easiest, fastest way to stay current with Avery news.
Some additional bloggers who have weighed in:
Indeed, it does. And it’s also probably going right up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
HT: Cool Justice.