Suspension for student who complained to Rep. Amodei reversed
RENO — A Northern Nevada school district has reversed a high school student’s suspension imposed after a Republican congressman’s office complained to administrators about a call from the teenager.
The Washoe County School District’s superintendent said Friday that students have a First Amendment right to express themselves and be politically engaged.
The American Civil Liberties Union intervened on behalf of McQueen High School student Noah Christiansen, who called the office of U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei earlier this month as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence.
The teenager said he could have used better language during the call, but that it’s his right to use the words he wants.
The Washoe schools district attorney Neil Rombardo defended the school’s actions in a letter to the ACLU but said the matter was not worth fighting in court.