Settlement reached in Missouri LGBT website-filtering case

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 5:40 p.m. CDT; updated 6:07 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 28, 2012

KANSAS CITY — The American Civil Liberties Union has settled a lawsuit with a central Missouri school district whose Internet filtering software was blocking access to educational websites about gay, lesbian and transgender issues.

The ACLU says the Camdenton R-III School District has agreed to stop blocking the sites, submit to monitoring for 18 months and pay $125,000 in legal fees and costs.

As part of a national campaign, the ACLU sued the district last fall in federal court in Jefferson City on behalf of organizations whose websites were being blocked. The Camdenton district has noted that many of the sites have been unblocked.

The ACLU says the Camdenton school board approved the settlement Tuesday and that it was filed with the court Wednesday.

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