School district settles with ACLU over blocking gay advocacy websites

{mosads}According to the ACLU, the district’s Internet filtering software blocked access to sites including PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Campus Pride and DignityUSA, a Catholic gay-rights organization.

A federal judge issued a preliminary ruling last month ordering the school district to stop blocking the websites. 

Tim Hadfield, superintendent of the Camdenton School District, told The Hill that the district only intended to block sexually explicit material.

“We do not want to discriminate against our students, any groups of our students. We want to protect our students,” Hadfield said. “We feel with the settlement we’ve done that.”

He said students will have access to the advocacy websites but that the filter blocking sexually explicit material will remain in place.

—Updated at 5:54 p.m.


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