The following is a press release from the Independence Law Center sent on April 30, 2019.

Judge John E. Jones, III entered a final order in the case filed by students at the Mechanicsburg School District after the school prevented the students in the school’s Bible club from offering Bibles to other classmates from the club’s table in the cafeteria.

“Today is a great win for all students and for their right to free speech,” says Randall Wenger, Chief Counsel for the Independence Law Center. “We’re grateful for the positive and collaborative end to this case.”

After the initial conference in Federal Court, the Independence Law Center and the attorneys for the school worked collaboratively to rewrite unconstitutional policies that the school used to block the distribution of Bibles. The litigation also resulted in the removal of a policy from the student handbook that banned certain religious speech.

“Students, not just members of the Bible club, are now free to share literature with their classmates in school,” added Wenger.

For more, click here for the case page.


Independence Law Center is a Pennsylvania-based pro-bono legal organization dedicated to advancing civil rights.