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18 04, 2016

Arrests and Handcuffing of Schoolchildren in Rutherford County

2016-07-07T09:35:59+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

In April, Murfreesboro police arrested eleven children ages nine to twelve for allegedly witnessing an off-campus fight that had taken place several weeks earlier and not intervening. Four of the [...]

4 03, 2016

Stopping Discrimination Against Transgender Youth in Sumner County

2016-07-06T15:37:00+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney: Abby R. Rubenfeld of the Rubenfeld Law Office, PC Sumner County Schools has a policy which prohibits transgender students from using the restroom or locker room facilities [...]

1 03, 2016

Evictions Based on Criminal Arrests

2017-03-28T06:53:44+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

In the spring of 2016, a local attorney reported to ACLU-TN that the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) had recently begun a practice of evicting public housing tenants when [...]

8 02, 2016

Students’ Right to Form Gay Straight Alliance Club in Franklin County

2016-07-06T15:40:40+00:00 February 8th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

During the 2015 - 2016 school year, students at Franklin County High School in Winchester, Tennessee formed a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at their school. They had followed the proper [...]

27 01, 2016

Protecting Haywood County Inmates Right to Read

2017-03-28T06:53:44+00:00 January 27th, 2016|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , |

In late December 2014, ACLU-TN was contacted by the father of a Haywood County jail inmate who told us that inmates were being denied the right to read any books [...]

23 04, 2015

Protecting the Free Speech of Williamson County Educators

2017-03-28T06:53:45+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , |

In September 2014, several Hillsboro School educators met after school hours and off of school grounds to discuss the school board, its actions and statements, and the then recent school [...]

10 03, 2015

Protecting Student from Choosing Between Religion and Scholarship

2017-03-28T06:53:45+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

When a Washington County high school student was told that attending a religious worship service would jeopardize his chance to apply for a Tennessee Promise scholarship, ACLU-TN stepped in to [...]

27 01, 2015

Ensuring Access to Attorneys for Youth Charged with Truancy

2017-03-28T06:53:45+00:00 January 27th, 2015|Categories: Docket|Tags: |

The Lawyers Education Advocacy Project (LEAP) is a Knoxville nonprofit whose mission is to provide pro bono legal advice and representation to children charged with truancy in Knox County and [...]

27 10, 2014

Free Speech, Social Media and Williamson County Schools

2017-03-28T06:53:45+00:00 October 27th, 2014|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

In September 2014, ACLU-TN joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to oppose a Williamson County Board of Education (WCBE) policy that regulates off-campus speech on social media and allows [...]

21 08, 2014

ACLU-TN Protects Student’s Right to Read the Bible at Cannon County Afterschool Program

2016-07-07T16:08:17+00:00 August 21st, 2014|Categories: Docket|Tags: , , , , , , |

ACLU-TN sent a letter to the Cannon County REACH after-school program explaining students' constitutional right to read religious texts of their own volition during free-reading periods.