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Date: 04-03-2023

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Brooke Henderson v. School District of Springfield R-12, et al.

Case Number: 6:21-cv-03219

Judge: M. Douglas Harpool

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Greene County)

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Defendant's Attorney: Ransom A. Ellis, III, Tina G. Fowler, Todd A. Johnson

Description: Springfield, Missouri civil rights lawyers represented Plaintiff who sued Defendants a First Amendment violation theory.

Plaintiffs' Complaint asserts claims for relief against the Springfield Public School District (“SPS”) under the First Amendment based on the doctrines of compelled speech and content and viewpoint discrimination. The Complaint further asserts a claim of unconstitutional condition of employment against SPS for requiring employees to attend and participate in “equity training”. Paragraphs 4, 5, 9, and 23 above have no bearing on whether SPS violated Plaintiffs' First Amendment rights. Instead, Plaintiffs appear to use these paragraphs only to imply that SPS' views on racism, racial discrimination, and related issues are incorrect and that Plaintiffs' own differing views are correct. Such statements are purely political advocacy and are therefore clearly immaterial and impertinent as required under Rule 12(f).

Outcome: Judgement in favor of Defendants.

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