Judge orders Denver Public Schools to lift ban on Brandon Pryor

Boardhawk: Denver Public Schools violated the free speech rights of activist Brandon Pryor, U.S. District Judge John Kane ruled Friday, ordering the district to immediately lift its restrictions against him.

The ruling amounted to a sweeping victory for Pryor over Colorado’s largest school district.

“I find that Mr. Pryor is likely to succeed on the merits of his First Amendment retaliation claim against defendants Superintendent (Alex) Marrero and Deputy (Anthony) Smith … and (they) are further enjoined from taking any other retaliatory action against Mr. Pryor, his family, or the (Robert F. Smith) STEAM Academy for pursing this lawsuit,” Kane concluded in an exhaustive 33-page ruling.

Kane’s order granting Pryor’s request for a preliminary injunction against DPS also calls for the district to “remediate the past restraints on Mr. Pryor’s expression, including but not limited to preparing and publishing a statement announcing to the public and especially the parents and families of the STEAM Academy that (DPS) erroneously issued the ban on Mr. Pryor and that (district officials) have rescinded the ban immediately.”

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