ACLU Sues School District Over Web Filtering

7 years 2 months 4 days ago Monday, August 15 2011 Aug 15, 2011 Monday, August 15, 2011 4:26:00 PM CDT August 15, 2011 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a central Missouri school district as part of a campaign to stop schools' Internet filtering software from blocking access to educational websites about gay, lesbian and transgender issues.

The ACLU says it filed suit Monday in federal court in Jefferson City against the Camdenton R-III district on behalf of organizations whose websites are blocked by the filter. Those organizations include the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Tony Rothert, ACLU of Eastern Missouri's legal director, says every effort has been made to inform the district that its filtering software "illegally denies students access to important educational information and resources on discriminatory grounds."

The district did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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