Pro-Life Students Win Settlement- vindicates teens’ freedom of speech
In April of this year, two teenagers demonstrated on the sidewalk in front of the Downingtown STEM school and were physically intimidated and yelled at by school administer, Dr. Zach Ruff.
One of the teens captured Vice Principal of Student Life Zach Ruff on video, in which he angrily demanded that they “shut up,” eventually attempting to rip a sign out of their hands, which could constitute assault and battery in Pennsylvania.
To avoid being sued in court, the DASD agreed to settle on the case, which could have constituted assault and battery in the state of PA.
In a statement from the Alliance Defending Freedom:
“No government employee—especially someone with authority over students—should harass or threaten anyone for exercising their First Amendment protected freedoms in public,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “Conner and Lauren Haines were peacefully expressing their pro-life views, holding signs, and talking to those passing by. The bullying and verbal abuse that Zach Ruff inflicted on Conner and Lauren, as documented in the video, made a policy clarification critically necessary, not only for the Haineses, but also for everyone in the Downingtown community. We commend the district for doing the right thing to prevent this from ever happening again.”