ACLU sues Missouri district over web filtering

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | 9:35 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a central Missouri school district as part of a campaign to stop schools' Internet filtering software from blocking access to educational websites about gay, lesbian and transgender issues.

The ACLU says it filed suit Monday in federal court in Jefferson City against the Camdenton R-III district on behalf of organizations whose websites are blocked by the filter. Those organizations include the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Tony Rothert, ACLU of Eastern Missouri's legal director, says every effort has been made to inform the district that its filtering software "illegally denies students access to important educational information and resources on discriminatory grounds."

The district did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.


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