Monday, January 30, 2023

IL dist. to pay $35K to student over gun speech


The Hononegah Community High School District 207 board agreed in June to pay a former student $35,000 to settle federal allegations that her civil rights were violated at an anti-gun violence school walkout, the Rockford Register-Star reports.

WASHINGTON – March for Our Lives, March 24, 2018 (Voxitatis – more photos)

About a month after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on March 14, 2018, students across the nation staged a mass walkout, including about 50 or 75 students at Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois. Marches were held in several cities a few days later, including a large national march in Washington.

Although more than 50 Hononegah students took part in the “die-in,” not all students felt that gun-control laws should be strengthened. Among those students was Madison Oster, then 16 and a junior at Honoegah. She had to wait for students advocating stronger gun laws to leave the building before she was allowed to leave, her lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges.

“One student yelled at Madison to kill herself. Another student took pictures of Madison’s group, one of which reportedly became an online meme and method of ridicule among the other HCHS students,” the paper quoted the lawsuit as stating.

Paul Katula
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