On Monday friends and relatives of students killed at Columbine High School on April 20 filed a lawsuit against the school district, claiming a violation of First Amendment free speech rights.
Apparently the school district had invited certain friends and relatives of the deceased students to paint commemorative 4 by 4 inch tiles that later were placed above lockers at the school before it reopened. School officials first told the plaintiffs that the tiles could not have religious symbols on them, then changed their mind and said that they could, then changed their mind again and removed tiles with religious materials on them.
Among the tile removed was one painted by the mother of one of the murdered boys. That tile had a heart with a rose and the boy’s name. A cross about 1 inch tall was superimposed over the stem of the rose. The presence of the cross caused the removal of the tile.
What say you, Teeming Millions? I’m squarely with the parents, myself. This isn’t a case of the school or the government endorsing religion. Do government-owned cemetaries now have to remove and ban crosses and Stars of David on graves?