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High School Blocks Pro-Life Student Group From Handing Out Flyers

| by Michael Allen

Branford High School officials in Connecticut have reportedly blocked a pro-life student group from handing out flyers during lunch since February.

Students for Life of America claimed on its website that principal Lee Panagoulias and other school administrators told Students for Life of Branford they were not allowed to have fetus models on a display table, could not hand out flyers, invite others to join their group and were only allowed to set up their display after school.

However, other student groups are allowed to do so during lunch.

“The First Amendment protects everyone, regardless of the speech that you’re presenting to the student body, regardless of whether it seems controversial to the administration,” Sam Bailey-Loomis, president and founder of the Students for Life of Branford, told the New Haven Register.

A Christian law group, Alliance Defending Freedom, sent a letter to the school district last week that calls for an end to the alleged discrimination.

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"We cannot sit back while our pro-life students are denied their constitutional rights and bullied by their school administrators," said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. "At Branford High School, there is double standard for pro-life students, and we intend to expose this injustice and correct it."

Sources: Students for Life of America and New Haven Register