Court turns down student over religious speech

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a student who complained that high school officials violated her constitutional rights when they turned off her microphone during her religion-tinged graduation speech.

The justices said Monday they will not revive a lawsuit filed by Brittany McComb of Henderson, Nev. challenging the actions of Clark County school officials. A federal appeals court ruled previously ruled against her.

During McComb's speech at the Foothill High School graduation in 2006, officials turned off McComb's microphone when the school valedictorian strayed from an approved text to provide a graphic account of Jesus' crucifixion and credit God for her success in school.

The case is McComb v. Crehan, 08-1566.

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Comment by Doug Reardon on November 27, 2009 at 5:56pm
Really? This supreme Court?
Comment by Galen on November 27, 2009 at 8:24pm
Ms. McComb could've given her speech if she'd only waited to do it at a graduation party or something. I'm all for her rights to free speech, but everyone else there has a right to not have to hear religious proselytizing at a taxpayer-funded event. The SCOTUS made the right call here.

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