Court rules Douglas County schools violated constitutional rights

(KUSA-9News, Denver)

A U.S. District Court judge ruled this week that Douglas County schools violated the constitutional rights of a parent and student because the district promoted and raised funds for a 2014 Christian mission trip.

The trip was organized Highlands Ranch High School students who were members of the school’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Court documents say the students were raising money to travel to Guatemala and planned the trip through a Christian mission planning organization called “Adventures in Missions.”

One parent in the district, identified in court documents as “Jane Zoe,” said her child, a preschool student at another Dougco school, was sent home with a flyer about a supply drive to help the mission trip. “Zoe” said she also got emails from teachers and a principal in the district asking for donations.

“Jane Zoe” argued that was a violation of her and her son’s rights, guaranteed by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Court documents say the school district argued the supply drive and mission trip were not religious in nature.

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