High Court Rejects Teen's Speech Appeal

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The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal involving a case of a high school valedictorian who was silenced for sharing her faith.
    
Henderson, Nev., teenager Brittany McComb said her microphone was turned off during her high school graduation speech in 2006, and her constitutional rights were violated.
    
Foothill High School officials said McComb was trying to convert people to Christianity after she strayed from an approved text to crediting God for her success.
    
McComb said she had the right to talk about her faith and show a picture of the crucifix and she sued the school.

Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, came to McComb's defense in 2006.

"I think this is one of the most outrageous examples of censorship at graduation that I've seen," Staver said. "For school officials to literally be standing by the switch at the mixing board and cut the microphone on a student, simply because that student mentions God or Jesus, is just unbelievable."
    
A federal appeals court had previously ruled against McComb.

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