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A.Z. v. Nova Classical Academy

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What's at stake

The freedom of students to share their pro-life beliefs at school without fear of censorship or punishment.

Students being told that they can't distribute pro-life materials and information to their friends and classmates at school.

Summary

A.Z. is a devout Christian and pro-life advocate. One day, she brought a few pro-life fliers with her to school, Nova Classical Academy, a St. Paul-Minneapolis area charter school. For example, one of the fliers read, "Save the baby humans. Stop abortion." During her lunch period, A.Z. and a couple of friends decided to hand out the fliers to anyone that was interested. Several students expressed an interest in the fliers, and the whole process was very peaceful and non-disruptive. But a few days later, A.Z. and her friends were called into the school office, told that their fliers were "offensive" and warned not to pass them out on school property, even after school. When A.Z.'s parents contacted the school to question this censorship of their daughter's speech, they were told that the "school has a right to censor students without violating their free speech."

Represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, A.Z. filed a lawsuit challenging the censorship of her pro-life speech. As a result, Nova Classical Academy revised its policy to protect the right of A.Z. and other students at the school to distribute religious and pro-life materials to their classmates.

Building upon victories like this, Alliance Defending Freedom continues to fight for students such as A.Z. who are told that their pro-life and religious expression is not welcome inside the schoolhouse gates. 

Our role in this case

Alliance Defending Freedom represented A.Z. in the defense of her rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Legal Documents

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4/25/2013

Biographies

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Jeremy Tedesco
Jeremy Tedesco
Senior Counsel, Senior Vice President of Corporate Engagement
Jeremy Tedesco serves as senior counsel and senior vice president of communications for Alliance Defending Freedom.
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Matt Sharp
Matt Sharp
Senior Counsel, State Government Relations National Director
Matt Sharp serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he directs the Center for Legislative Advocacy.