Feb 14, 2013 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from WND: Rock band Junkyard Prophet leader, radio show host and international ministry organizer Bradlee Dean, of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, has been ejected from another school campus, and this time attorneys with the public interest firm Liberty Counsel have written to educators explaining that the Constitution does, in fact, apply on school grounds.
Dean’s ministry includes delivering messages of uncompromising integrity and moral values to audiences wherever he can reach them, and his organization told WND that he had been scheduled to speak to the “American Club” at Spanish River High in Boca Raton, Fla., yesterday.
But the announcement said “on the actual day of the speaking event, and with no notice, the principal acted arbitrarily” and ordered Dean out of the building.
The organization statement from Dean spokesman Jake McAuley noted the same student club “had invited other conservative speakers recently but without incident, including singer/entertainer Victoria Jackson.”
School district spokesman Mat Harrington said the principal and department head claimed not to know about the event, and therefore it was not approved. He told WND the school absolutely would censor speech based on its content.
According to a letter from Horatia G. Mihet of Liberty Counsel, the school must correct the situation quickly.
“The club must be permitted to have guest speakers Bradlee Dean and the Sons of Liberty speak, without the school censoring their message. Bradlee Dean and SOLR are on tour from Michigan, and have other stops scheduled,” the letter dated today said.
“If we do not hear from you … or if your decision is to uphold the principal’s actions in this case, we will proceed with filing a federal court action next week. At that time, we will seek a temporary restraining order against the school district to allow the American Club to host Bradlee Dean and other speakers without unconstitutional censorship by school officials … and will seek damages.”
According to the letter, the conflict developed this way:
“Yesterday, Feb. 13, was the long-scheduled day for the American Club (a student-initiated, student-led club) to host Bradlee Dean as the guest speaker at an after-school meeting of the club, while Sons of Liberty Radio broadcasted the event. This event was properly arranged with the school, which had notified students of its occurrence for three weeks on PA system announcements (and had also been advertised on Facebook). Halfway through the event yesterday, it was shut down by school officials acting at the command of the principal, who cited ‘controversial statements’ and ‘anti-homosexuality’ of the group ‘The Sons of Liberty’ as the rationale …
“One official stated that the Constitution doesn’t apply to school property, and that neither the club nor the speakers had any First Amendment rights. Another then stated that actually, ‘the school just wasn’t able to properly vet’ Bradlee and SOLR, and that they always ‘vet’ speakers for students clubs, and that the faculty adviser of the club (Mr. Daub) who approved Bradlee and SOLR would be ‘held accountable.’ A number of school officials consulted with one another before banning Bradlee Dean and SOLR from campus: Principal William Latson, Mr. Sollod, Ms. Goron, Ms. O’conno, and Mr. Berke.”
The lawyers cited the situation that Mr. Berke “even went so far as to yell to the assembled kids that ‘none of what Bradlee Dean tells you is true; it’s all misinformation.’ These statements were captured on video.”