ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a nationally watched lawsuit in which students in a conservative Roswell religious group challenged school officials’ response to their handing out rubber fetuses.
The 10th Circuit of Appeals ruled Monday that a federal magistrate judge was correct in ruling that the Roswell Independent School District had the authority to stop the distribution of 2-inch rubber fetuses at Goddard and Roswell high schools in 2010.
Members of Relentless in Roswell, a youth group affiliated with Church on the Move, sued the school district after officials halted the distribution of the dolls. The dolls contained a Bible verse and contact information for a Church on the Move-linked pregnancy resource center.
Relentless attorneys said the students’ rights to free speech were being violated.