December 20, 2014
A federal judge has given a Reno ninth-grader permission to recite a poem at a state competition that administrators at his charter school had sought to block because they say it contains profanity.
At issue were the words "hell" and "damn" in W-H Auden's
"The More Loving One."
U-S District Judge Brian Sandoval said in a ruling today that
the words do not constitute vulgar, lewd or offensive language that
could disrupt the school's educational priorities.
He issued a temporary restraining order against the Coral
Academy of Science, saying the Reno school likely was violating the
youth's First Amendment rights.
The order says that 14-year-old Jacob Behymer-Smith can go
forward with plans to recite the poem April 22nd at a contest
sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Poetry
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