This is what ya call a $17,500 oopsie.
Knox County has reached a settlement with an anti-Sharia law group
that filed a civil rights lawsuit against the school system earlier this
year after officials reneged on a promise to let the organization hold
an after-school event at Farragut high School.
initially said Act! for America could hold a forum at the school on
April 24 to talk about Sharia law and its potential threat to American
culture. But, in the wake of media publicity just weeks prior to the
event, Superintendent Jim McIntyre, rescinded the offer, saying it would
cause a "disruption" at the school.
John Peach, director for the
organization's Knoxville chapter, and Bill French, one of the scheduled
guest speakers, then filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in August,
suing the school board, McIntyre and Michael Reynolds, the principal of
Farragut High School.
The sides officially reached an agreement
Wednesday night. Under the terms, the county will pay out roughly
$17,500 in attorney fees, administrative costs and monetary damages tied
to advertising for the event.
In addition, the school board on
Wednesday – under the terms of the settlement – amended its policy
regarding the community's use of school facilities.
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Settlement agreement and new county policy, RIGHT SMACK HERE.