The American Civil Liberties Union has advised Lincoln College Preparatory Academy not to discipline students who protested during a visit Thursday by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
A dozen students rose and raised their hands during Nixon’s speech to protest the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo.
A school district spokeswoman said the students’ parents were called. News reports said they also received Saturday detention.
“The school’s action to punish students violates the First Amendment,” Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri, said in a statement issued Monday.
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