Two Vigo County Educators Face Federal Lawsuit


He’s just a child, but the ACLU is filing a federal lawsuit on his behalf.

It’s a case about Constitutional rights.

The federal lawsuit is tied to an alleged incident at Terre Haute elementary school.

According to court documents, this past March, a seven year old student at Fuqua Elementary in Terre Haute remained seated in class during the Pledge of Allegiance.

That reportedly upset his teacher, who sent him to the principal’s office.

Then later that day, the principal reportedly made him recite the “pledge” in front of some students.

In the court papers, it says that humiliated the child, which the ACLU’s legal director says that violated the student’s constitution rights.

“Indiana law requires the Pledge to be said each day, but it acknowledges that people can refuse to do so and a student is allowed to refuse to do so as long as he or she is not being disruptive,” says Kenneth Falk, legal director for the ACLU of Indianapolis.
The plaintiff is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, following a jury trial.

And Kenneth Falk says the case could settle before it goes to trial.

The teacher and principal are named in the lawsuit, but the school corporation is not listed in the court papers.

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