Girl Scout Punished for Her Beliefs





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Published on Jan 27, 2012

Shawano, Wisconsin, Community High School student Brandon Wegner is pursuing journalism and writes for the student newspaper "The Hawk's Post." Brandon and another student proposed several ideas for article topics to their faculty advisor for the student newspaper.

They eventually selected "homosexual adoption" and wrote a point-counter point in parallel columns with Brandon taking the position that homosexual adoption is wrong. He supported his position by citing Bible passages.

Brandon wrote about his view of the importance of a family having both a mother and a father. The discussion among the two students was very civil and, frankly, a model of how people should discuss controversial issues with each other.

But, a homosexual parent read the article and protested. The school principal called Brandon into his office and told him he could not speak about religion, politics, or social issues in a public school. And, without his parent's knowledge, Brandon was called into one meeting after another, causing him to miss study time for exams and even missing one exam.

He was then hauled before Superintendent Todd Carlson who told him that the column he wrote "went against the bullying policy." Superintendent Carlson asked Brandon to recant his views, and when he would not, he told Brandon he was "ignorant" for having his belief, and then said "we have the power to suspend you."

The Superintendent then communicated with the school community and apologized for Brandon's article on homosexual adoption. School officials then censored Brandon's article, forcing him and his classmates participating in the news writing course to physically rip the page out of the newspaper before distribution at their school.

Liberty Counsel is now representing the Wegner family and sent a letter to the school demanding an apology for its unconstitutional and irrational censorship and for Brandon's humiliation. You can see Brandon's article and our 7-page Demand Letter to the Shawano School District Board of Education by clicking here:


++Shawano school officials got it perfectly upside down!

In a statement, the school "sincerely apologized" -- NOT for allowing the topic to begin with, or for rushing to judgment, or for violating a student's constitutional rights, but ONLY for the Biblical viewpoint presented in Brandon's writing!

Under the guise of stopping bullying, the ACTUAL bullying at Shawano High School was perpetrated by Superintendent Todd Carlson and his subordinates -- certainly not the student!

These school officials have displayed blatant intolerance of a view on homosexuality held by many people in our nation. The school's actions are shocking and totally unjustified. As outlined in our Demand Letter, the superintendent should immediately apologize and stop HIS bullying!

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