District 49 faces lawsuit over alleged free speech violations

The Gazette: Two people who were removed from a school board meeting in El Paso County for holding up signs calling for several board members to resign are suing School District 49, alleging that the district violated their constitutional right to free speech.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, accuses D-49 of treating community members inconsistently based on their viewpoints. In their complaint, plaintiffs Deb Schmidt and Kelly Kohls allege that other community members at previous meetings faced no such punishment for similar actions.

The complaint also names board President John Graham as a defendant, along with security personnel Robert Konz and David Glenn, who assisted in upholding D-49’s “unconstitutional policies, practices, and customs,” the lawsuit alleges.

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