School Claims Student Has No First Amendment Right Against Censorship

July 13, 2014

California’s Brawley Union High School District insists it can forbid Christian students from mentioning their faith in Jesus Christ, claiming that if they allow a student to speak publicly, then that student is merely an agent of the California state government, and as such forfeits all First Amendment rights. This is an update to Breitbart News’ June 20 story on Brooks Hamby, who graduated this year as salutatorian from the high school. Hamby is a committed Christian who wanted to offer inspirational quotes from the Bible to his fellow students, and also a word of prayer to thank God, and asking that he bless all Hamby’s classmates with wisdom and success for whatever lies ahead for each of them. As Breitbart News explained in our initial report, Brawley Union High School insisted on seeing his speech first for prior approval, and rejected it. They also rejected his second draft because it still mentioned Jesus Christ by name. And they rejected his third because it still included the word “Bible.” Finally, his fourth draft instead referenced “the bestselling book of all time.” After he delivered that speech, the school objected yet again because Hamby referenced Jesus as “my savior,”

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