School District Says Swastika Protected By "Freedom Of Speech"
By Brian Allen KSFY
In ancient times, a swastika was a sign of peace.
A concerned parent sent us a picture Thursday afternoon of a van in the parking lot at Sioux Falls' Roosevelt High School; it has a swastika in it's back window.
The school is investigating but the school district says there's little they can do.
They say no matter how offensive a swastika might be, it is protected by the constitutional right to free speech.
Roosevelt was made aware of this vehicle brandished with a swastika
Thursday afternoon; administrators immediately tried to find it but
Konrad says displaying a swastika is protected by the U-S
Constitution's right to free speech.
"For all we know this is a joke or a prank." Sioux Falls' attorney John
Hughes says this is a freedom of speech issue, meaning whoever did this
would be protected by federal law.
And however offensive this is, DeeAnn Konrad with the school district says it's hands are tied because freedom of speech is a federal law, not a school rule. "We're not dealing with school policy here, this is something bigger than the sioux falls school district."
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