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CIVIL RIGHTS a federal suit brought by a parent who was asked to leave a school assembly was resolved by a nonmonetary settlement on May 23. Debra Loveless sued the principal of St. Louis’ Metro High School as well as the superintendent of schools, alleging that she was removed from the assembly because she had previously voiced religious-based concerns about allowing a gay and lesbian advocacy group to address the student body, and that this violated her civil rights. The defendants denied any wrongdoing, claiming that it was school policy that only parents of children in attendance could be present, and that the plaintiff’s daughter had been excused. The settlement specified that parents cannot be excluded from school events based solely on their opinions as to content. Loveless v. Hammonds, No. 4:02CV686 (E.D. Mo.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEYS: Francis J. Manion and Geoffrey R. Surtees, American Center for Law & Justice, New Hope, Ky. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Kenneth Brostron and James Hetlage, Lashly & Baer, St. Louis.

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