ACLU Sues MO School District Over Web Sex Filter

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The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Missouri school district for refusing to lift its Internet sexuality filter.

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit on Aug. 15 claiming that Camdenton schools block gay, lesbian and transgender informational websites but allow students to access sites that condemn homosexuality.

The ACLU claims the school district is the only one in the country that has refused to comply with a national campaign against censorship.

"Our Safe Schools program resources, coming-out guides, and other support and education resources that we have been providing to LGBT young people nationwide for nearly 40 years are all blocked," the ACLU stated in a release.

The Camdenton School Board says they want to respect their students' constitutional rights, but they also want to protect them from inappropriate material on the Internet.

Superintendent Tim Hadfield says no student has ever asked a staff member for access to one of the blocked sites.

At a school board meeting Tuesday night, most of the parents agreed with the board's decision, according to Springfield, Mo. television station KSPR.

"We're willing to put up the dollars to stand up against them coming in and trying to put our kids in what I'd call harm's way," one parent said.

"The school needs to filter these sex sites," another parent said.

David Cortman, a lawyer with the Alliance Defense Fund, told The Christian Post, "School districts shouldn't be bullied into exposing students to sexually explicit materials."

The ADF has mailed letters to at least eight school districts, urging the schools to reject ACLU's demands.

"We want to make sure that schools don't unnecessarily cave to the ACLU's demands," Mr. Cortman said.

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