Certainly the School District has a strong interest in preventing an adult stranger from approaching captive audience school children and engaging them in conversation, handing out pamphlets, stopping them as they get off a school bus or pursuing them as they walk away therefrom.The Central Pennsylvania Patriot-News reports on the decision.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Court Requires Street Preacher To Stay Back From School Bus Stops
In Central Dauphin School District v. Garisto, (PA Com. Pl. Ct., Sept. 20, 2012), a Pennsylvania Dauphin County trial court, in a suit by a school district, issued a permanent injunction requiring a street preacher to stay at least 20 yards away from any school bus stop at which children are waiting to board or de-board buses. Street preacher Stephen Garisto for at least 4 years has handed out Gospel tracts and spoken with school students at a school bus stops. The court concluded that a school bus stop, even though it is on a public sidewalk, is a non-public forum, so speech restrictions are permissible if they are viewpoint neutral and reasonable. The court said: