California School District Revises Religious Expression Policies to End Lawsuit

(The Orange County Register) — Resolving litigation over alleged violation of students’ constitutional rights, the Huntington Beach City School District has agreed to revise its policies regarding dissemination of religious materials on campus.

On Tuesday, July 30, the school board voted unanimously to specify religious activities in its policy section covering freedom of expression. Additionally, the edited rules now permit distribution of religious readings during lunch and recess.

The district also agreed to pay $15,000 to the students’ attorneys. …

In January, a law firm that represents conservative Christian causes filed a federal lawsuit against the district on behalf of two Peterson Elementary students. Los Angeles-based Freedom X claimed Micah and Nieka Bausch, then ages 10 and 8, were unlawfully prohibited from distributing religious leaflets.

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