West Prairie School Board sent demand letter regarding speech; releases statement


Sam Blackledge was recently told by West Prairie school officials that he had to omit his religion from his Valedictorian speech.

On Wednesday afternoon, a demand letter was sent to the West Prairie School Board from First Liberty Institute demanding that it adopt policies protecting the First Amendment rights of students.

The letter also asks the school to apologize to Blackledge.

You can read the full letter here.

The West Prairie Community School District No. 103 released the following statement to KHQA Wednesday evening:

The West Prairie Community Unit School District No. 103 has received a letter from First Liberty Institute on behalf of a 2018 graduate of West Prairie High School, asserting that the School District violated the student’s rights at the High School graduation ceremony on May 19. The School District has forwarded that letter to its legal counsel for review and response on behalf of the District. The District believes it has acted consistent with the law. Due to potential litigation, the District will have no further public comment on this matter at this time.
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