Christian Student Banned From Passing Out Flyers Promoting Prayer Session at Middle School’s Flagpole


A Kansas public middle school has prevented a seventh grader from passing out and posting religious fliers inviting fellow students to join her for a prayer session at the school’s flagpole before class.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a group that advocates for religious expression, announced earlier this month that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the unnamed student at Robert E. Clark Middle School, located in the suburbs of Kansas City.

The lawsuit claims that the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Unified School District policy, which prohibits students from distributing religious materials on school property, violates the First and Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, as well as the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act.


ADF further points out that it is quite ironic that the school failed in the past to use the power of censorship when students posted posters referencing marijuana and alcohol, yet was quick to censor fliers that were designed to inform students of a harmless prayer gathering. As the lawsuit states, a poster promoting the popular rap star Lil Wayne which had the words “Good Kush and Alcohol” written on it was posted in the school’s hallway just outside of the locker room for the “majority of the 2012-2013 school year.”


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