Sunday, September 30, 2007

Facial Challenge Rejected To School's Limits On Handouts

A Texas federal district court has rejected a facial challenge to the policy of the Katy (TX) Independent School District that restricts student distribution of non-school materials on school premises. In Pounds v. Katy Independent School District, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70505 (SD TX, Sept. 24, 2007), plaintiffs claimed that teachers and the principal at Pattison Elementary School prevented children from distributing literature with a Christian message at school. The court upheld the school’s policy that requires advance approval, subject to specific content-neutral and viewpoint-neutral guidelines, for children to distribute more than ten copies of non-school material. Plaintiffs’ "as applied" challenge to the school regulations remains to be litigated